How to close a JavaFX application on window close?


In Swing you can simply use setDefaultCloseOperation() to shut down the entire application when the window is closed.

However in JavaFX I can't find an equivalent. I have multiple windows open and I want to close the entire application if a window is closed. What is the way to do that in JavaFX?


I understand that I can override setOnCloseRequest() to perform some operation on window close. The question is what operation should be performed to terminate the entire application?

stage.setOnCloseRequest(new EventHandler<WindowEvent>() {
    public void handle(WindowEvent event) {

The stop() method defined in Application class does nothing.

8/16/2017 10:51:06 AM

Accepted Answer

The application automatically stops when the last Stage is closed. At this moment, the stop() method of your Application class is called, so you don't need an equivalent to setDefaultCloseOperation()

If you want to stop the application before that, you can call Platform.exit(), for example in your onCloseRequest call.

You can have all these information on the javadoc page of Application :

7/3/2016 3:32:52 PM

Some of the provided answers did not work for me (javaw.exe still running after closing the window) or, eclipse showed an exception after the application was closed.

On the other hand, this works perfectly:

primaryStage.setOnCloseRequest(new EventHandler<WindowEvent>() {
    public void handle(WindowEvent t) {

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