Confused about status of JFX+JRE cobundling

Artem Ananiev artem.ananiev at
Tue Jun 19 01:54:49 PDT 2012

On 6/19/2012 9:14 AM, Igor Nekrestyanov wrote:
> short answer - try 7u6 (
> longer version:
> * Staring 7u4 JDK for Mac included JavaFX SDK as "true" cobundle
> (i.e. one where JavaFX files are part of same bundle and there is no
> separate installer)
> * Starting JRE/JDK 7u6 JavaFX will be shipped as true cobundle on all
> platforms
> (JavaFX platforms, i.e. no Solaris).
> And "true" cobundle means:
> * there is one installer to install JRE
> * it will installs set of core JRE and JavaFX files into the same folder
> * There will be one entry in the Program Files for JRE
> * JavaFX files are subject to autoupdate as part of JRE installation
> (same is true for JDK and JavaFX SDK)
> Caveats:
> * JavaFX is not official part of the Java platform yet (i.e. JavaFX APIs
> are not part of Java specification).
> This is what was planned to happen for Java 8
> * In 7u6 JavaFX will not be automatically added to classpath (neither
> for javac not java launcher).

It effectively makes it impossible to distribute JavaFX apps as 
executable jars. Not a big deal, but it's something that works for Swing 
apps, so it would be quite expected to have the same model for FX...



> * There still will be standalone JavaFX installer for JavaFX 2.2 - it is
> only intended to be used with JRE 6 and only for windows.
> No cobundle for Java 6.
> hope this helps,
> -igor
> On 6/18/12 10:02 PM, Daniel Zwolenski wrote:
>> Hey guys,
>> I'm a little confused about the status of JRE+JFX co-bundling at the
>> moment. In an earlier mail Michael Paus implied that
>> he tentatively believed JFX was now co-bundled in the JRE but I thought
>> this wasn't happening until Java8? Richard also confirmed that
>> releases are
>> now in synch, which I assume a result of co-bundling as well.
>> When I install JDK-7u5 it installs JFX-2.1 but separate to the main JRE
>> install. i.e. the installer contains both packages but they are not
>> installed as a single runtime (which is what I would expect with
>> 'co-bundling').
>> When I download and install JRE-7u5 it doesn't seem to contain any JFX
>> classes at all?
>> In the JRE that was extracted via Igor's Ensemble installer the JRE does
>> seem to include JFX in exactly the way I would expect it if it were
>> co-bundled (i.e. the jfxrt.jar and DLLs are all inside the JRE
>> directory).
>> Can you guys clear up for me where we are officially at with the
>> co-bundling? Am I just being dumb and not seeing the JARs in my JRE
>> install, or has co-bundling not happened yet - if not, why not: can't the
>> JRE just have the JRE files in it the way Igor has done? Why would our
>> local development versions not have it combined when our deployed
>> versions
>> do?
>> Cheers,
>> Dan

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