The eagle has landed

JavaFX 13 released – the new frontier for OpenJFX

Chris Stewart
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What a week this has been! We got JavaFX 13 and Jakarta EE 8, and Java 13 is just around the corner, too! Now that the excitement has died down to a dull roar, we’ve put together a post detailing the key features and changes of the new OpenJFX release. Let’s take a look.

You might have already noticed thanks to our great interviews with Java Champions Johan Vos and Dirk Lemmermann, but just in case: JavaFX 13 is officially here! That’s right, the next evolution for OpenJFX has arrived and now is the time for developers to kick the tires, take it for a spin and see what they think.

The big moment was portended by Java Champion and Gluon co-founder Johan Vos on Twitter shortly before the new OpenJFX version went live.

He later wrote, “after being a while in a stable, safe orbit that was required for a smooth transition to modules, the OpenJFX development is now reaching for higher orbits. Stability, maturity, security are still extremely important though.”



JavaFX 13

Of course, a new release means the OpenJFX website has been updated to showcase all things JavaFX 13. Whether you want a getting started guide or API documentation, it’s all there. But what’s changed with this new release?

SEE ALSO: OpenJFX 13 – “JavaFX gets its own identity”

Alongside some 54 bug fixes, there’s also 8 enhancements, so let’s take a quick look at those:

In our interview with Johan Vos earlier in the week, he said that he is most excited about support for rendering native third-party content because it’s a feature that a lot of OpenJFX developers have been after for a long time. Crucially, they’ve managed to add this support without breaking backwards compatibility, which was a big concern for Vos.

Read the full JavaFX 13 release notes here. Alternatively, if you want to see it, you can check out the OpenJFX repo on GitHub or download the JavaFX SDK from the Gluon website.

Now we can start looking forward to the release of JavaFX 14 in six months time!

Chris Stewart
Chris Stewart is an Online Editor for He studied French at Somerville College, Oxford before moving to Germany in 2011. He speaks too many languages, writes a blog, and dabbles in card tricks.

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