I'm creating an Add-in for ArcMap 10.1.

When I export file testproject.esriaddin and install (whether double-click or from Customize Mode > Add From File dialog), message of success appears. But then, I can't find any of my elements in Customize Mode dialog (no Java Tools or Java Commands category, no toolbar in toolbars...).

I found this topic, which seemed to be about the same problem. There, the solution was to select JRE: Java SE 1.6 instead of 1.7. I set this in my project, but the Add-in is still not working.

What could be wrong?

Here is my java class for the button:

package cz.upol.geoinformatics.veselka;

import java.io.IOException;
import javax.swing.JOptionPane;

import com.esri.arcgis.addins.desktop.Button;
//import com.esri.arcgis.arcmapui.IMxDocument;
import com.esri.arcgis.framework.IApplication;
import com.esri.arcgis.interop.AutomationException;

public class Button1 extends Button {
    private IApplication app;
    //private IMxDocument projectDocument;

     * Called when the button is clicked.
     * @exception java.io.IOException if there are interop problems.
     * @exception com.esri.arcgis.interop.AutomationException if the component throws an ArcObjects exception.
    public void onClick() throws IOException, AutomationException {
        JOptionPane.showMessageDialog(null, "Hello, World!");

    public void init(IApplication app){
        this.app = app;
        //this.projectDocument = (IMxDocument)app.getDocument();

Here is how it looks after deploy to ArcMap: Add-in Manager in ArcMap

I use ArcGIS + SDK 10.1 on Windows 7 32bit and Eclipse 4.3
Did I forgot to mention some details?

Edit: Here is my another screenshot: (You can see, that category Java Commnads is not listed in Categories) Screenshot Eclipse + ArcGIS Customize window

  • I'm not a java developer but looking at your code it looks like you have created a button. From your screenshoot it looks like you have installed the addIn called "Test Add-In". You need to go to Customize > Customize mode > Commands tab and find the category you created the button in. That is documented in the esriconfig file.
    – Hornbydd
    May 6, 2014 at 15:15
  • I did. As I've written in the second paragraph. You can see on my another screenshot, that category "Java Commands" is not listed. May 6, 2014 at 15:24
  • Just thinking out aloud here, In VB .net one needs to set the button image (in your case fuzzy-icon.jpg) to build action AddInContent, is that the same as in java? Also I tend to use bmp or png I did not know jpg was supported? In VB .net its framework 3.5 and I tend to set target cpu to x86 if these are relevant to java?
    – Hornbydd
    May 6, 2014 at 15:48
  • I don't think that it would be caused by image type. Image is optional. I changed it to PNG, but the result is same. What do You mean with setting target cpu to x86? I use x86 system. May 6, 2014 at 20:59
  • ArcGIS is 32bit but you may be developing on a Windows 7 64bit machine and this can sometimes upset things, general advice on various forums is to set the build to compile to x86 rather than accept the default AnyCPU. I have to admit I'm talking from a VB perspective here so no idea if this is even relevant for java?
    – Hornbydd
    May 6, 2014 at 22:52

1 Answer 1


I solved the problem by reinstalling ArcGIS, Java and also .NET Framework. So, I didn't figure out which part was causing it.

My steps:

  1. Uninstalled ArcGIS 10.1, Java 1.7 (JRE and JDK) and .NET framework (probably 4.5.1) from my computer.
  2. Used The .NET cleanup tool.
  3. (Installed trial version of ArcGIS 10.2.1, but couldn't get ArcObjects SDK, then uninstalled.)
  4. Installed ArcGIS.
  5. Installed Java 1.6

    At this time, everything was finaly working correctly!

  6. Installed .NET 4.5.1 through the Windows Update

Everything is still working.

  • having the same issue, unfortunately this answer doesn't help.
    – Julio
    Apr 27, 2015 at 0:04

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