JavaFX: setHgrow(...) doesn't work


I couldn't get the Elements in my HBox to grow, so I downloaded the following example code from It serves as a minimal not working example:

package fxtest;

import javafx.application.Application;
import javafx.scene.Group;
import javafx.scene.Scene;
import javafx.scene.control.Button;
import javafx.scene.control.Label;
import javafx.scene.control.TextField;
import javafx.scene.layout.HBox;
import javafx.scene.layout.Priority;
import javafx.scene.paint.Color;
import javafx.stage.Stage;

public class Fxtest extends Application {
    public static void main(String[] args) {

    public void start(Stage primaryStage) {
        Group root = new Group();
        Scene scene = new Scene(root, 600, 250, Color.WHITE);

        HBox hbox = new HBox();
        TextField field = new TextField();
        HBox.setHgrow(field, Priority.ALWAYS);
        hbox.getChildren().addAll(new Label("Search:"), field, new Button("Go"));


The result looks like this.

If I understand it correctly, the TextField should grow, shouldn't it?

My Java Version is 1.7.0_51

My JavaFX Version is 2.2.51-b13

Do you know why it isn't working/what I have to do? Thanks!

2/18/2014 8:52:12 PM

Accepted Answer

Why HBox.setHgrow doesn't work for you

You use a Group as the root node of your scene and groups are not resizable, so the group size does not adjust to the scene's size.

A Group will take on the collective bounds of its children and is not directly resizable.

By default, a Group will "auto-size" its managed resizable children to their preferred sizes during the layout pass

In general, you very rarely want to use a Group as the root node for a scene.

How to Fix it

Use only resizable nodes in your scene (Pane subclasses or Control subclasses).


Substitute your start method with the method below which removes the Group root node and instead makes the HBox the root node for the scene:

public void start(Stage primaryStage) {
    HBox hbox = new HBox(10);
    TextField field = new TextField();
    HBox.setHgrow(field, Priority.ALWAYS);
        new Label("Search:"), field, new Button("Go")
    hbox.setPadding(new Insets(10));

    Scene scene = new Scene(hbox, 600, 250, Color.WHITE);

Output of the sample after resizing the window (you can see that the search text field grows and shrinks to fit available space as requested):



2/18/2014 10:20:14 PM

jewelsea provided the right answer for the given example; thanks for that!

It helped me figuring out a problem with similar symptoms but another root. If you use ScrollPanes, you need to set


in order to get the desired growing effect.

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