javafx thread How can I open the default system browser from a java fx application?

javafx webview open link in browser (5)

I'm trying to open a web url in the default system browser from javafx. I didn't find any official documentation regard this. Any clue?

EDIT: I've found a tutorial but it doesn't work. I'm using MacOsX and I tried launching

java.awt.Desktop.getDesktop().browse(new URI(url));

but I get an HeadlessExcelption

Here is a script that works inside the scene controller, when a button is activated:

package sample;

import com.sun.deploy.uitoolkit.impl.fx.HostServicesFactory;
import com.sun.javafx.application.HostServicesDelegate;
import javafx.application.Application;
import javafx.event.ActionEvent;
import javafx.stage.Stage;

public class Controller extends Application {

    public void openBrowser(ActionEvent actionEvent) throws Exception {

        HostServicesDelegate hostServices = HostServicesFactory.getInstance(this);


    public void start(Stage primaryStage) throws Exception {


It cannot be done, seems, because this feature is not implemented :

The matter is that you will not be able to launch anything, what requires awt-stack and jfx in the same VM. The decision - is to use a separate JVM. Just launch a separate VM, and accept commands on browsing by socket.

That is one way, another way - is to find any other way of browser call from java - this is a task not specific to javafx-2, but to java at all.

But developer has added a comment :

Anthony Petrov added a comment - May, 17 2013 05:09 PM Note that FX8 allows headful AWT to run in the same VM with FX. So the AWT API should work.

Another option is to use ProcessBuilder:

public static void openWebpage(String url) {
    try {
        new ProcessBuilder("x-www-browser", url).start();
    } catch (IOException e) {

You can use this option if Desktop.getDesktop().browse(uri) for some reason hangs without any error.

Try This:

try {
    Desktop.getDesktop().browse(new URL("").toURI());
} catch (IOException e) {
} catch (URISyntaxException e) {