how to put a text into a circle object to display it from circle's center?


I'm curious about is there any way to put a text(i will usually use numbers which will change dynamically) into a circle object or creating a text object and set its boundaries to the circle's center is the only way to display it? I will appreciate for every response :)

7/2/2013 11:27:26 PM

Accepted Answer

Put the circle and the text in a StackPane and set the text bounds type calculation to VISUAL:

Circle circle = new Circle();
Text text = new Text("42");
StackPane stack = new StackPane();
stack.getChildren().add(circle, text);

You can use a timeline to alter the value of the text in the circle.

Here is a complete example:

import javafx.animation.*;
import javafx.application.Application;
import javafx.event.*;
import javafx.scene.*;
import javafx.scene.layout.StackPane;
import javafx.scene.paint.Color;
import javafx.scene.shape.*;
import javafx.scene.text.*;
import javafx.stage.Stage;
import javafx.util.Duration;

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

    private static final int R = 150;
    private static final Color lineColor = Color.FIREBRICK.deriveColor(0, 1, 1, .6);

    public void start(final Stage stage) throws Exception {
        final Circle circle = createCircle();
        final Text   text   = createText();

        final Line l1 = createLine(lineColor, 0, R - 0.5, 2 * R, R - 0.5);
        final Line l2 = createLine(lineColor, R - 0.5, 0, R - 0.5, 2 * R);

//        Group group = new Group(circle, text, l1 , l2);
        Group group = new Group(circle, l1 , l2);

        StackPane stack = new StackPane();
        stack.getChildren().addAll(group, text);

        stage.setScene(new Scene(stack));;


    private Circle createCircle() {
        final Circle circle = new Circle(R);

        circle.relocate(0, 0);

        return circle;

    private Line createLine(Color lineColor, double x1, double y1, double x2, double y2) {
        Line l1 = new Line(x1, y1, x2, y2);


        return l1;

    private Text createText() {
        final Text text = new Text("A");

        text.setFont(new Font(30));
//        centerText(text);

        return text;

    private void centerText(Text text) {
        double W = text.getBoundsInLocal().getWidth();
        double H = text.getBoundsInLocal().getHeight();
        text.relocate(R - W / 2, R - H / 2);

    private void animateText(final Text text) {
        Timeline timeline = new Timeline(new KeyFrame(Duration.seconds(1), new EventHandler<ActionEvent>() {
            @Override public void handle(ActionEvent actionEvent) {
                char newValue = (char) ((text.getText().toCharArray()[0] + 1) % 123);
                if (newValue == 0) newValue = 'A';
                text.setText("" + newValue);
//                centerText(text);


Commented out code also includes code for manually placing the text if you prefer to do that rather than use a StackPane.

7/3/2013 1:27:10 AM

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