JavaFX Hyperlink

This article covers the Hyperlink widget in JavaFX.

Anyone familiar with the internet should know what a Hyperlink is. Simply put, it’s a link from one document to another, activated by clicking on a word or image.

JavaFX’s Hyperlink widget is similar, but not exactly like a traditional hyperlink. The difference is that we can link a JavaFX Hyperlink to any action, such as printing something to screen or calling a function. If you want, you can also use it to link to a web page. It’s sort of like a text based button.

You can import the Hyperlink widget with the following name: javafx.scene.control.Hyperlink.

Creating a Hyperlink

In order to create a fully functioning Hyperlink, we’ve got to to do things.

  1. We need to create a Hyperlink object using the Hyperlink class.
  2. We need to connect our Hyperlink object to an action that will be executed when the link is clicked. (Event handling)

The syntax for creating a Hyperlink object is pretty simple, as shown below.

Hyperlink link = new Hyperlink("I am a Hyperlink!");

Below is the full code for a Hyperlink example complete with an image of the GUI object. The action is set on the Hyperlink through the use of the setOnAction() method.

package application;

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

public class Tutorial extends Application {
	public static void main(String args[]){          
	public void start(Stage primaryStage) throws Exception { 
		VBox layout = new VBox();
		Scene scene = new Scene(layout, 200, 200);	
		Hyperlink link = new Hyperlink();
		link.setOnAction(e -> {
				System.out.println("This is a Link");

The output of the above code:

JavaFX Hyperlink image

Other JavaFX Widgets:

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