Deploying Your First JavaFX Application

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Deploying Your First JavaFX Application

This topic shows how to deploy the samples from any of the Getting Started with JavaFX tutorials.

If you develop your JavaFX application in NetBeans IDE, it is packaged automatically and is easy to deploy.

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Deployment Modes

JavaFX applications can be run in several ways:

  • Launch as a desktop application from a JAR file or self-contained application launcher

  • Launch from the command line using the Java launcher

  • Launch by clicking a link in the browser to download an application

  • View in a web page when opened

Packaging the Application in NetBeans IDE

When you run your application in NetBeans IDE or use the Clean and Build command, your application is packaged for all modes of JavaFX deployment, using options that are set as project properties. By default, applications are packaged into the following files as shown in Figure 6-1:

  • A JAR file, which contains the compiled class files and images.

  • A JNLP file, which contains a deployment descriptor for the two web modes (Web Start and embedded in browser).

  • An HTML file, which contains basic code for running both the Web Start application and the embedded application using the Deployment Toolkit.

  • A web-files folder, which contains an offline set of files from the Java Deployment Toolkit to assist with starting up your application. For more information about using the Java Deployment Toolkit in JavaFX applications, see "Deployment in the Browser" at

Figure 6-1 Example of Default Application Packaging

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Description of "Figure 6-1 Example of Default Application Packaging"

Optionally, you can package your application as a self-contained application in NetBeans IDE by adding the task shown in Example 6-1 to the build.xml file.

Example 6-1 Changes to the build.xml File for Packaging Self-Contained Applications

<project name="ColorfulCircles" default="default" basedir="."
    target name="-post-jfx-deploy">
        <fx:deploy width="${}" height="${}"
                   outdir="${basedir}/${dist.dir}" outfile="${application.title}">
            <fx:application name="${application.title}"
                <fx:fileset dir="${basedir}/${dist.dir}" includes="*.jar"/>
            <fx:info title="${application.title}" vendor="${application.vendor}"/>

A self-contained application runs similar to the way in which a native application runs. The self-contained application package contains your application, the JRE, the JavaFX runtime, and a platform-specific application launcher. An example of a package is shown in Figure 6-2. For additional information, see Self-Contained Application Packaging.

Figure 6-2 Example of a Self-Contained Application Package

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Description of "Figure 6-2 Example of a Self-Contained Application Package"

Sizing the Application Window

With standalone and Web Start mode, the window is sized around the width and height values you specify for the scene in the code. If you do not specify a width and height in the code, the window automatically sizes itself to fit the application.

Applications that are embedded in a web page require that you set width and height values in the NetBeans project's properties, even if you specify width and height values in the code. You can even specify different width and height values in the project properties from what is specified in the code, so you can experiment to see what looks best in the browser.

To specify application width and height in NetBeans project properties: 

  1. In the Projects pane, right-click your NetBeans project and choose Properties.

  2. Select the Run category.

  3. In the section entitled Web Start and Browser Application Properties, specify width and height values.

  4. If you want to test the application in a browser when you run it inside NetBeans IDE, choose in Browser in the Run field.

  5. Click OK to close the Properties dialog box.

  6. Right-click the project and choose Clean and Build.

  7. If you chose to run the application in the browser in the project properties, you can right-click the project and choose Run. Otherwise, test the HTML file outside the browser by following the instructions in Running the Application Outside NetBeans IDE.

Running the Application Outside NetBeans IDE

To run the packaged application outside NetBeans IDE, go to the dist subdirectory of your application project directory and do the following:

  • To run the application in standalone mode, double-click the JAR file.

  • To run as a Web Start application, either click the link in the HTML page in your browser or double-click the JNLP file. The advantage of using the link in the browser is that the web page contains logic that uses the Deployment Toolkit, which checks to ensure that the minimum required version of both the Java and JavaFX Runtimes are installed on the user's system.

  • To run the application in a web page, open the HTML file in a browser.


    If you open the HTML file in Google Chrome, you might have to click either Run this time or Always run on this site to enable the Java plug-in, as shown in Figure 6-3. Then reload the page to run the application.

    Figure 6-3 Plug-In Message in Google Chrome

    Surrounding text describes Figure 6-3 .


    For applications that include FXML markup, NetBeans IDE adds a digital signature to the JAR file by default to ensure that it will run on the web. For more information about packaging FXML applications and FXML deployment, see

  • To run a self-contained application package, go to the folder that contains the application. If you are running on a Windows or Linux platform, click the launcher file for the application. If you are running on a Mac platform, double click the application folder.

Deploying the Packaged Files

With the Java 7 Runtime and later, you can move the deployment files to other locations without changing any configuration properties in the deployment descriptor (which means the contents of the JNLP file). The files required for each deployment mode are shown in Table 6-1.

Table 6-1 Files Required for Each Deployment Mode

Deployment Mode Files Required



Run in Browser


Web Start


Self-Contained Application

Folder that contains the application and supporting files

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