JavaFX Hyperlink

Jakob Jenkov
Last update: 2020-12-08

The JavaFX Hyperlink control is a text that functions as a button, meaning you can configure a Hyperlink to perform some action when the user clicks it. Just like a hyperlink in a web page. The JavaFX Hyperlink control is represented by the class javafx.scene.control.Hyperlink .

Here is a screenshot showing how a JavaFX Hyperlink looks:

JavaFX Hyperlink screenshot

JavaFX Hyperlink Example

Here is a full JavaFX Hyperlink example:

import javafx.application.Application;
import javafx.scene.Scene;
import javafx.scene.control.Hyperlink;
import javafx.scene.layout.VBox;
import javafx.stage.Stage;

public class HyperlinkExample extends Application {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        launch(args);
    }

    @Override
    public void start(Stage primaryStage) {
        primaryStage.setTitle("JavaFX App");

        Hyperlink link = new Hyperlink("Click Me!");

        VBox vBox = new VBox(link);
        Scene scene = new Scene(vBox, 960, 600);

        primaryStage.setScene(scene);
        primaryStage.show();
    }

}

This example is a full JavaFX application that creates a Hyperlink, inserts it into a JavaFX VBox which is then added to a JavaFX Scene. The Scene is then added to a JavaFX Stage which is then made visible.

Create a Hyperlink

In order to use a JavaFX Hyperlink control you must first create a Hyperlink instance. Here is an example of creating a JavaFX Hyperlink instance:

Hyperlink link = new Hyperlink("Click me!");

Set Hyperlink Text

It is possible to change the text of a JavaFX Hyperlink via its setText() method. Here is an example of changing the text of a JavaFX Hyperlink:

Hyperlink link = new Hyperlink("Click me!");

link.setText("New link text");

Set Hyperlink Font

It is possible to change the font of a JavaFX Hyperlink via its setFont() method. You can read more about creating fonts in my JavaFX Fonts tutorial. Here is an example of setting the font of a JavaFX Hyperlink:

Hyperlink link = new Hyperlink("Click Me!");

Font courierNewFontBold36 = Font.font("Courier New", FontWeight.BOLD, 36);

link.setFont(courierNewFontBold36);

Set Hyperlink Action

To respond to clicks on a JavaFX Hyperlink you set an action listener on the Hyperlink instance. Here is an example of setting an action listener on a JavaFX Hyperlink instance:

Hyperlink link = new Hyperlink("Click me!");

link.setOnAction(e -> {
    System.out.println("The Hyperlink was clicked!");
});

Jakob Jenkov

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