JavaFX 8u40 EA for Android

Danno Ferrin danno.ferrin at
Wed Nov 26 19:02:41 UTC 2014

On Nov 26, 2014, at 11:11 AM, Johan Vos <johan at> wrote:

> Hi,
> Earlier today, I uploaded an early access build of the JavaFX 8u40 SDK for
> Android (Dalvik). See
> for the announcement.
> The source code for this build is in
> and that repository started as a
> mirror of the OpenJFX 8udev at November 15 (so we're not behind too much).
> It is my intention to go over all changes that I had to apply, and to
> propose them as patches for OpenJFX. However, I took some shortcuts in a
> few issues that would pollute the OpenJFX tree, hence I need some time to
> cleanup first.
> Apart from support for 8u40, the 2 major things in this EA release are:
> 1) we are now using Monocle instead of Lens. That is, we use the Monocle
> Glass implementation, but still use the Prism eglfb implementation. Long
> story on why this is the case, but eventually we will use monocle there as
> well.
> 2) we have now support for the android gradle plugin. As a consequence, a
> JavaFX project with a single build.gradle file can be used to generate an
> Android Package and install it on a device.
> This will make life of developers much easier.
> I think there are 2 more things that are needed in order to lower the
> barrier for developers:
> 1) IDE integration. With the single build.gradle file, this should be
> possible, but I have zero experience in developing plugins.
> 2) java(fx)packager integration. It would be so nice if we could just build
> Android packages using the Java Packager. Would this be an option?
> - Johan

This is (now) possible.  I don't think it would be distributed with the Oracle JDK but I put the hooks in for 8u20 to allow external bundlers to be used by the bundling engine.  so it can be distributed as a library to be used by the plugin.

What I need is a list of instructions on what to do, including software that is assumed to be installed.  If the instructions would start from the user providing a set of jars for a JavaFX desktop application, and enumerating what metadata beyond that needs to be provided I could automate the rest.

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