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Installing JavaFX 1.0 in NetBeans 6.5 IDE

Posted by joconner on December 4, 2008 at 9:03 AM PST

You might want to go directly over the the JavaFX website to download the JavaFX SDK, but if you work in NetBeans 6.5 you don't have to bother. JavaFX 1.0 is available to NetBeans 6.5 users with only a few mouse clicks. Seriously, only a few mouse clicks will get the JavaFX SDK plugin for you and integrate it directly into your NetBeans 6.5 IDE. Here's how:

  1. Select Tools->Plugins from your NetBeans 6.5 menu.
  2. Select the Available Plugins tab.
  3. Click on the Reload Catalog button just to make sure you have a fresh copy of all available plugins
  4. Scroll down the plugin list to find the JavaFX 1.0 plugin, and click on its check box. You can also select a JavaFX debugger and several demos in the same area of the plugin list!
  5. Click the Install button
  6. Continue working until the download is finished and restart NetBeans IDE

That's it. Now NetBeans 6.5 has the JavaFX 1.0 SDK integrated directly. You should notice a new JavaFX Project type available to you when you select File->New Project

Sorry for the short post, but I have to get back to my NetBeans IDE and JavaFX. I'll be back later with more information about my initial overview of the SDK, the language, and much more!

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Knowing that most developers I know work on Linux, I was quite disappointed to see that Sun prioritizes a Mac distribution over a Linux distribution. However, it is possible to install the Mac version on Linux (although with limited functionality). See for more info.

It appears that the JavaFX SDK is available on Mac and Windows only ... not on Linux.

I'm guessing the module should _provide_ the javafx.sdk token, rather than _requiring_ it.

Same here. And this is the 2nd post that I've seen that details how easy it is to get JavaFX from the Netbeans update center. Someone needs to look into this if it's truly a problem.

I see 3 plugins: JavaFX 1.0, JavaFX Source Debug, and JavaFX Weather Sample. When I try to install them, I get, "No plugin providing the capability javafx.sdk could be found. The following plugin is affected: JavaFX 1.0"