Can I reload stylesheets in JavaFX 8 without a JVM restart?


Question

I'm using Java 1.8u25 and I am using a stylesheet as below (both Java and Clojure equivalents).

//Java
new Pane().getStylesheets().add("some_style.css")

//Clojure
(doto (Pane.)
  (-> .getStylesheets (.add "some_style.css")))

I'm using Clojure, and I don't restart the JVM between test runs. I do, however, make a new GUI, of new instances, for each run. JavaFX caches the stylesheet somewhere, so editing the CSS file has no effect. Is there a way to force JavaFX to reload the stylesheet? Or, a way to reload classes so that the cache is lost?

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10/27/2014 8:46:18 AM

Notice that you are not setting or changing the stylesheet but adding a stylesheet:

new Pane().getStylesheets().add("some_style.css")

You call the add() method! So basically it's your Pane that caches the previously loaded stylesheet.

Solution is simple: before loading it again, remove (clear) the old one:

Pane p = new Pane();
// Load first time:
p.getStylesheets().add("some_style.css");

// Later to reload:
p.getStylesheets().clear();
p.getStylesheets().add("some_style.css");
    // some_style.css will be read again and applied

Note:

If you use multiple CSS files, clear() might not be what you want here. In this case instead of clear() you can remove a specific style sheet (which you want to reload) with the remove() method before adding it again.

Note #2:

When loading CSS files, you should use URLs to resources, not just a file name. If only file name is provided, it must contain the package name too. Do it like this which works both from file system and from a jar file:

p.getStylesheets().add(YourClass.class.getResource("some_style.css")
    .toExternalForm()); // if some_style.css is next to YourClass.java
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10/27/2014 7:22:33 AM

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