Containers are integral part of AWT GUI components. A container provides a space where a component can be located. A Container in AWT is a component itself and it adds the capability to add component to itself. Following are noticable points to be considered.

  • Sub classes of Container are called as Containter. For example Panel, Frame and Window.

  • Container can add only Component to itself.

  • A default layout is present in each container which can be overridden using setLayout method.

Sr. No.Container & Description


It is a generic container object which can contain other AWT components.

AWT UI Elements:

Following is the list of commonly used containers while designed GUI using AWT.

Sr. No. Container & Description


Panel is the simplest container. It provides space in which any other component can be placed, including other panels.



A Frame is a top-level window with a title and a border



A Window object is a top-level window with no borders and no menubar.