JavaFX 19 Highlights

JavaFX version 19 has been released. We’ve tailored down some of the most exciting parts of the release in this document.

New features:

  • In JavaFX 18, Media support for H.265/HEVC codec was added. In JavaFX 19, the coded support has been extended toHTTP Live Streaming
  • New API: Map, FlatMap and OrElse fluent bindings for ObservableValue
  • Two new CSS pseudo-classes for Node :focus-visible and :focus-within


  • Faster observable ArrayList creation in FXCollections
  • Available list of printers can now be updated without a need to restart the application

In the bug fix department, you’ll find, among others:

  • Modal behavior fixes for Stage on Linux platform
  • ES2Pipeline detection for AMD vega20 graphics card
  • Fixes related to touch screen:
    • ScrollPane edge bounce on Raspberry Pi with Touchscreen
    • Mouse or touch presses on a non-focusable region don’t clear the focusVisible flag of the current focus owner
    • With Touch enabled devices scrollbar disappears and the table is scrolled to the beginning
    • Touch events related leaks in ScrollPaneSkin

Finally, these are some dependency upgrades in JavaFX 19:

  • Upgraded libFFI to version 3.4.2
  • Upgraded GStreamer to version 1.20.1
  • Upgraded Glib to version 2.72.0
  • Upgraded WebKit to version 613.1
  • Upgraded SQLite to version 3.37.2
  • Upgraded libxml2 to version 2.9.14
  • Upgraded libxslt to version 1.1.35

A more comprehensive list of all the changes in JavaFX 19 can be found on Github.

Kudos go to the fine people at Gluon who took care of the bulk of the work on JavaFX 19. Do check their JavaFX Long Term Support services.