Jonatan Stenbacka Jonatan Stenbacka - 1 year ago 106
Java Question

JavaFX: Node.snapshot(null, null) changes size of Scene

I have

which is set to the
of my primaryStage that - amongst other nodes - contains a
with a
and some buttons. When I take a snapshot on a row in the table using
TableRow.snapshot(null, null)
, the size of the
is changed. The width is changed by about 10 pixels while the height is changed by about 40 - sometimes more than 600 (!) - pixels.

This happens because
Node.snapshot(null, null)
Scene.doCSSLayoutSyncForSnapshot(Node node)
which seems to get the preferred size of all nodes in the size and recalculate the size using that. This somehow returns the wrong values since my nodes only has preferred sizes specified and looks great before this method is invoked. Is there any way to prevent this?

The size change is a problem, but it is also a problem that the primary stage doesn't change size with the
that it contains.

I have tried to create an MCVE reproducing the issue, but after a few days of trying to do this, I am still unable to reproduce the problem. The original program contains around 2000 lines of code that I don't want to post here.

Why would
Scene.doCSSLayoutSyncForSnapshot(Node node)
compromise my layout when it is properly laid out in the first place? Can I somehow make sure that the layout is properly synced before this method is invoked to make sure that it doesn't change anything?

Answer Source

Solved the issue. Had to copy my whole project and then remove parts of the code until the issue disappeared.

Anyway. I basically had three components in my application. A navigation component, a table compontent, and a status bar compontent. It looked like this:

app sketch

The problem I had was that the width of the status bar and the width and height of the table component was increased whenever I took a snapshot of a row in the table.

Apparently, this was due to the padding of the status bar compontent. It had a right and left padding of 5 pixels, and once I removed the padding, the problem disappeared.

The added 10 pixels in width made the BorderPane that contained all of this expand with the same amount of pixels, and since the table width was bound to the BorderPane width, it increased by the same amount. What I still don't understand though, is why the Stage that contains the BorderPane doesn't adjust to the new width.

The component was properly padded before Scene.doCSSLayoutSyncForSnapshot(Node node) was invoked, so I don't understand why the extra width of ten pixels is added.

Anyhow: Removing the padding from the status bar component and instead padding the components inside the status bar fixed the issue. If someone has a good explanation for this, I'm all ears.

Here's a MCVE where you can reproduce the issue by dragging a row in the table:

import java.sql.SQLException;
import java.util.ArrayList;

import javafx.application.Application;
import javafx.collections.FXCollections;
import javafx.collections.ObservableList;
import javafx.geometry.Insets;
import javafx.scene.Node;
import javafx.scene.Scene;
import javafx.scene.control.TableColumn;
import javafx.scene.control.TableRow;
import javafx.scene.control.TableView;
import javafx.scene.input.ClipboardContent;
import javafx.scene.input.Dragboard;
import javafx.scene.input.TransferMode;
import javafx.scene.layout.BorderPane;
import javafx.scene.layout.HBox;
import javafx.scene.layout.Region;
import javafx.scene.layout.VBox;
import javafx.stage.Stage;

public class MCVE extends Application {

    private Stage primaryStage;
    private BorderPane rootLayout;
    private VBox detailsView;
    private StatusBar statusBar;

    public void start(Stage primaryStage) throws SQLException {

        this.primaryStage = primaryStage;



    public void init() throws Exception {


    public void initRootLayout() {
        rootLayout = new BorderPane();


        Scene scene = new Scene(rootLayout);

    public void showStatusBar() {
        statusBar = new StatusBar();

    public void showDetailsView() {
        detailsView = new VBox();

        setDetailsView(new Table(this));


    public static void main(String[] args) {

    public VBox getDetailsView() {
        return detailsView;

    public void setDetailsView(Node content) {
        detailsView.getChildren().add(0, content);

    public StatusBar getStatusBar() {
        return statusBar;

    class StatusBar extends HBox {
        public StatusBar() {
            setPadding(new Insets(0, 5, 0, 5));

            HBox leftBox = new HBox(10);


             * CONTROL SIZES

            // Leftbox takes all the space not occupied by the helpbox.

            setStyle("-fx-border-color: black;");

    class Table extends TableView<ObservableList<String>> {

        private ObservableList<ObservableList<String>> data;

        public Table(MCVE app) {


            widthProperty().addListener((obs, oldValue, newValue) -> {
                System.out.println("Table width: " + newValue);

            setRowFactory(r -> {
                TableRow<ObservableList<String>> row = new TableRow<ObservableList<String>>();

                row.setOnDragDetected(e -> {
                    Dragboard db = row.startDragAndDrop(TransferMode.ANY);
                    db.setDragView(row.snapshot(null, null));

                    ArrayList<File> files = new ArrayList<File>();

                    // We create a clipboard and put all of the files that
                    // was selected into the clipboard.
                    ClipboardContent filesToCopyClipboard = new ClipboardContent();


                row.setOnDragDone(e -> {

                return row;

            ObservableList<String> columnNames = FXCollections.observableArrayList("Col1", "col2", "Col3", "Col4");

            data = FXCollections.observableArrayList();

            for (int i = 0; i < columnNames.size(); i++) {
                final int colIndex = i;

                TableColumn<ObservableList<String>, String> column = new TableColumn<ObservableList<String>, String>(

                column.setCellValueFactory((param) -> new SimpleStringProperty(param.getValue().get(colIndex).toString()));


            // Adds all of the data from the rows the data list.
            for (int i = 0; i < 100; i++) {
                // Each column from the row is a String in the list.
                ObservableList<String> row = FXCollections.observableArrayList();

                row.add("Column 1");
                row.add("Column 2");
                row.add("Column 3");
                row.add("Column 4");

                // Adds the row to data.

            // Adds all of the rows in data to the table.