White box / window flicker upon launch

David Grieve David.Grieve at microsoft.com
Thu Apr 23 14:00:19 UTC 2020

Another possible workaround is to call Node#applyCss() before stage.show(). There is an example in the Javadoc for the applyCss() method.

-----Original Message-----
From: openjfx-dev <openjfx-dev-bounces at openjdk.java.net> On Behalf Of Dirk Lemmermann
Sent: Wednesday, April 22, 2020 1:46 PM
To: OpenJFX <openjfx-dev at openjdk.java.net>
Subject: [EXTERNAL] White box / window flicker upon launch

Hi everyone,

is it just me or did something change in the launch behaviour of JavaFX applications? It seems we are back to the old “grey box” bug of Swing where the window would appear first before filling its content. I noticed the same (but white) effect now for my JavaFX apps, especially when running on mobile devices via Gluon. Once I saw it there I paid attention to it and also noticed it when running my desktop apps (on MacOS). I must admit that I am also not certain if it has been different before. Maybe I simply notice it now?

To verify run this little program. You have to pay close attention but if I am not mistaken then the window first shows up with a white background before showing its content, which is orange.

Can somebody confirm? If so, I will create a bug ticket.



import javafx.application.Application;
import javafx.scene.Scene;
import javafx.scene.layout.VBox;
import javafx.stage.Stage;

public class BugDemo extends Application {

    public void start(Stage stage) {
        VBox root = new VBox();
        root.setStyle("-fx-background-color: orange;");
        Scene scene = new Scene(root, 1000, 800);

    public static void main(String[] args) {

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