JavaFX 2.1 System Requirements

Use the following information to ensure that your operating system, browser, and Java platform meet the requirements for running the JavaFX technology. Also included are the hardware requirements for accelerated rendering of graphics, requirements for JavaFX Media support, and the supported NetBeans IDE version.

Operating Systems and Browsers

See JavaFX Supported System Configurations for a list of operating systems and browsers that are compatible with JavaFX 2.1.

Java Platform

For the Windows platform, use JavaFX 2.1 with a minimum of Java SE 6 Update 32 or Java SE 7 Update 4 installed on your system.

For Mac OS X, use Java SE 7 Update 4 for Mac OS X. JavaFX 2.1 has not been formally tested with Apple's Java SE 6 implementation for Mac OS and support is offered only when used with Java SE 7 Update 4 or later.

Graphics Support

For JavaFX applications to take advantage of the new hardware acceleration pipeline provided by JavaFX, your system must feature one of a wide range of GPUs currently available in the market. Table 1 lists the graphics cards that have been tested with JavaFX. If your system does not support hardware acceleration, then JavaFX uses the Java2D software pipeline.

Table 1 Graphics Cards Support

Graphics Card Supported Graphics Processing Units (GPUs)


Mobile GPUs: GeForce 8M and 100M series or higher, NVS 2100M series or higher, and Mobility Quadro FX 300M series or higher

Desktop GPUs: GeForce 8 and 100 series or higher

Workstation GPUs: Quadro FX 300 series or higher


Mobile GPUs: Mobility Radeon HD 3000, 4000, and 5000 series

Desktop GPUs: Radeon HD 2400, 3000, 4000, 5000, and 6000 series


Mobile GPUs: GMA 4500MHD and GMA HD

Desktop GPUs: GMA 4500 and GMA HD

For Mac OS X, the following standard Apple hardware graphics chips provide the required support:

  • Intel HD Graphics 3000 processor with 288MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory

  • AMD Radeon HD 6630M graphics processor with 256MB of GDDR5 memory

JavaFX Media

For Windows XP and Windows Vista, JavaFX Media 2.1 requires that the following external modules be installed to play AAC audio and H.264/AVC video:

  • MainConcept H.264/AVC Pro Decoder Pack

  • DivX Plus Codec Pack

  • MainConcept Showcase (includes demo version codecs)

For Windows 7, the pre-installed Microsoft AAC and H.264 DirectShow decoder filters are used by default. However, if the MainConcept H.264/AVC Pro Decoder Pack is installed on your system, then the first available AAC or H.264 decoder from the following list is used:

  1. MainConcept

  2. Microsoft (Windows 7 only)

  3. DivX Plus

  4. MainConcept trial version (demo codecs from Showcase)

If none of these decoders is available, AAC and H.264 decoding will fail.

VP6 video support does not require any third party modules.

NetBeans IDE Support

Use NetBeans IDE 7.1 or later to create JavaFX 2.1 applications.

See Setting Up NetBeans IDE with JavaFX for information on configuring your system.