JavaFX app for non-techie users

Jan Tosovsky j.tosovsky at
Sat Jun 2 17:50:12 UTC 2018

Hi Johan,


thanks for the link. This would fix my issue. I am glad that implementation of this has already started.


I would be grateful if such app could be executed even on older Oracle JREs with bundled JavaFX.





From: Johan Vos <johan.vos at> 
Sent: Friday, June 1, 2018 8:12 PM
To: Jan Tosovsky <j.tosovsky at>
Cc: openjfx-dev at
Subject: Re: JavaFX app for non-techie users


Hi Jan,


The goal is indeed to provide the JavaFX components as maven artifacts (e.g. see Would that fix your issue?


- Johan


On Fri, Jun 1, 2018 at 8:02 PM Jan Tosovsky <j.tosovsky at <mailto:j.tosovsky at> > wrote:

Dear All,

I made a small JavaFX app for small non-techie team working on Windows
(rewritten from Swing few years ago). Everyone had Java JRE installed so it
was enough to distribute small jar file (50 kB), which could be executed on
double click. Lucky man.

I am quite confused by recent JavaFX announcements about decoupling JavaFX
from JDK. It makes my life harder :-)

Does it mean every user with JDK11+ (no JRE any more) will have to install
additional JavaFX stuff to be able to run my app? Will it be provided as MSI
installer for Windows platform? Will download links be available in a same
place as standard Oracle Java JDK stuff downloads (ensuring credibility)?
Will it have some kind of auto-update mechanism?

I am aware of the trend of distributing Java apps as monolith with bundled
JDK modules, but not sure it makes sense for small utilities. (I expect the
size 50+ MB)

Would it be technically possible to provide JavaFX as maven artifacts so I
could easily add those JavaFX 'jars' (for single platform) as my app
dependencies? I do not need WebView so the final size could still keep
reasonable size.

Am I missing something?

Now I am slightly inclined to switching this app back to Swing to make it as
simple as possible to the end-users.



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