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Reusing Existing NetBeans IDE JavaFX Infrastructure in NetBeans IDE Plugins

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Let's install the JavaFX WebView in a TopComponent in NetBeans IDE, reusing a lot of JavaFX infrastructure that is already in NetBeans IDE, since the 7.3 release for the support of the official JavaFX browser in 7.3.

That means, no need for JavaFX native libraries, nor for the javafxrt.jar.

The result:

The code:

public final class DeveloperFAQTopComponent extends TopComponent {

    private static URLClassLoader browserCL;

    public DeveloperFAQTopComponent() {
        WebBrowser browser = createBrowser(null);
        setLayout(new BorderLayout());
        add(browser.getComponent(), BorderLayout.CENTER);

    private static String[] getFXClassPath() {
        Collection<? extends WebBrowserImplProvider.JFXRuntimePathProvider> pathProviders =
        for (WebBrowserImplProvider.JFXRuntimePathProvider rtPathProvider : pathProviders) {
            String rtPath = rtPathProvider.getJFXRuntimePath();
            if (rtPath == null) {
            return new String[]{
                        rtPath + File.separatorChar + "lib" + File.separatorChar + "jfxrt.jar" //NOI18N
        return null;
    static WebBrowser createBrowser(File runtimePath) {
        ClassLoader cl = getBrowserClassLoader(runtimePath);
        try {
            if (cl != null) {
                // test that JavaFX has latest required APIs:
                Class platform = cl.loadClass("javafx.application.Platform");
                Method m = platform.getMethod("setImplicitExit", boolean.class);
        } catch (Throwable ex) {
            JOptionPane.showMessageDialog(null, "JavaFX runtime is too old - "
                    + "minimum version required is 2.2.0b20");
        try {
            if (cl != null) {
                Class impl = cl.loadClass("org.netbeans.core.browser.webview.ext.WebBrowserImpl");
                Constructor c = impl.getConstructor(new Class[]{});
                return (WebBrowser) c.newInstance(new Object[]{});
        } catch (Throwable ex) {
            JOptionPane.showMessageDialog(null, ex.getMessage());
        return null;

    private static URLClassLoader createBrowserClassLoader(File runtimePath) {
        synchronized (WebBrowserImplProvider.class) {
            File extjar = InstalledFileLocator.getDefault().locate("modules/ext/core.browser.webview-ext.jar",
                    "org.netbeans.core.browser.webview", false); // NOI18N
            if (extjar == null) {
                return null;
            String[] fxpath = null;
            if (null == runtimePath) {
                fxpath = getFXClassPath();
            } else {
                fxpath = new String[]{new File(new File(runtimePath, "lib"), "jfxrt.jar").getAbsolutePath()};
            if (fxpath == null) {
                return null;
            List<URL> urls = new ArrayList<URL>();
            try {
                for (String fx : fxpath) {
                    urls.add(new File(fx).toURI().toURL());
                return new URLClassLoader(urls.toArray(new URL[]{}),
            } catch (MalformedURLException m) {
                return null;

    private static ClassLoader getBrowserClassLoader(File runtimePath) {
        synchronized (WebBrowserImplProvider.class) {
            if (null != runtimePath) {
                return createBrowserClassLoader(runtimePath);
            if (browserCL != null) {
                return browserCL;
            browserCL = createBrowserClassLoader(null);
            return browserCL;


Required import statements:

import java.awt.BorderLayout;
import java.io.File;
import java.lang.reflect.Constructor;
import java.lang.reflect.Method;
import java.net.MalformedURLException;
import java.net.URL;
import java.net.URLClassLoader;
import java.util.ArrayList;
import java.util.Collection;
import java.util.List;
import javax.swing.JOptionPane;
import org.netbeans.api.settings.ConvertAsProperties;
import org.netbeans.core.browser.api.WebBrowser;
import org.netbeans.core.browser.webview.WebBrowserImplProvider;
import org.openide.awt.ActionID;
import org.openide.awt.ActionReference;
import org.openide.modules.InstalledFileLocator;
import org.openide.util.Lookup;
import org.openide.windows.TopComponent;
import org.openide.util.NbBundle.Messages;

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