Java – returns NULL, with no errors


The following code seems not to work, even though the file appears to be found just fine.

    images = new BufferedImage[32];
    FileInputStream fis = null;
    for (int i = 0; i < 32; i++) {
        File file = new File("tiles\\"+i+".bmp");
        if (!file.exists()){
            System.out.println("File  "+i+" failed");
        try { 
            fis = new FileInputStream(file); 
        } catch (FileNotFoundException e) { 
            System.err.println(e + "" + i); 
        try { 
            images[i] =; 
        } catch (IOException e) { 
            System.err.println(e + "" + i); 
        if (images[i] == null) {
            System.out.println("Image "+i+" failed");

Thanks in advance for any help.

Edit: The result is me attempting to Graphics.drawImage(images[0]);, and it giving me a null pointer exception. This code here completes fine.

Edit: Changed moved the if(!file.exists()) as suggested, and wrapped the file in an input stream.

Best Solution*...) will only load these image types GIF, PNG, JPEG, BMP, and WBMP.

Any other image type will return null without error.


I do realize this is not a solution to the specific original problem but it is a solution to the question asked.

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