JavaFX Maven Plugin

Daniel Zwolenski zonski at
Sat Oct 20 21:30:54 PDT 2012

I have tidied up, and open sourced my JavaFX Maven plugin enough that it
builds executable JARs (equivalent to the fx:jar ant task) and native
bundles (equivalent to a subset of fx:deploy ant task):

I was waiting for the bootclasspath issue to get resolved to fix this up
properly, but since I'm getting further and further away from JFX I figured
better to tidy it up and hand it over to the community.

It does work perfectly well enough that you can use it to build real
distributables of your app via Maven.

However it wraps only the basic JavaFX plugin features (i.e. you can't
customise many of the settings), does not support Applets (dead anyway) or
JNLP (I've never had success getting JNLP to actually work with JFX). It
likely also has some platform specific bugs and problems, since I have
tested only on Windows and building MSI's.

It would be relatively trivial (but time consuming) to extend it further.
The code is simple but inelegant. Great improvements could be made if the
JFX deployment team were to make some minor changes to their packaging API
to make it easier to integrate with. And massive clean-ups could be made if
they put their tools JAR in a Maven repo that they maintained.

I don't have any intention to develop this further or maintain it. It is a
good base but it would be up to someone from the community to do this if
they want it to do anything more than it does.

Note this plugin is to address the packaging/assembly issue. It does NOT
solve the getting-jfx-on-the-classpath-issue. You still need to do whatever
workaround you're doing now on that front.

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