Adding JavaFX Support to your NetBeans IDE 6.5

February 2009  

If you have already installed the NetBeans IDE 6.5, but do not have the JavaFX support, use the following steps to install the JavaFX 1.1 Plugin for NetBeans IDE 6.5. However, for best results, install the NetBeans IDE 6.5 for JavaFX 1.1 by using the installer described in the Installing NetBeans IDE 6.5 for JavaFX 1.1. By doing so, you minimize the steps to get started with your JavaFX application development.

  1. Ensure that you meet the system requirements necessary to install the JavaFX 1.1 Plugin for NetBeans IDE 6.5 by checking the Software and Systems Requirements page.

    Note: The JavaFX 1.1 Plugin for NetBeans IDE 6.5 is currently supported on the Microsoft Windows and MacOS X platforms only.
  2. Start your existing installation of the NetBeans IDE 6.5.
  3. From the main menu, choose Tools > Plugins.
  4. In the Plugins window, click the Settings tab and check the Active checkboxes for NetBeans Update Center and all the update centers listed.

    Figure 1: NetBeans Update Center Settings.
    The other update centers are checked for any updated plugins on which the JavaFX 1.1 Plugin might depend.
  5. Select the Available Plugins tab and click Reload Catalog to obtain the latest list of available plugins.
  6. In the list of available plugins, locate all the plugins in the JavaFX category.

    You can type javafx in the Search text field to help locate these plugins.

    Figure 2: NetBeans Update Center Available JavaFX Plugins.
  7. Check the Install checkboxes for the JavaFX plugins found, if not yet checked, and click Install.

    The NetBeans Installer dialog appears.
  8. In the NetBeans IDE Installer dialog, click Next to continue with the installation.
  9. Read and accept the terms in all of the license agreements displayed and click Install.

    The installer proceeds with the validation of the plugins.
  10. After the installation has been completed successfully, click Finish to restart the IDE.
  11. Continue with Creating Your First JavaFX Application tutorial.
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