Friday, 3 February 2012

JBox2D with JavaFX 2.0 Tutorial: Attaching an image to body

In Write your first JBox2D with JavaFX 2 program posts we have seen how to create a ball and its GUI representation using JavaFX Circle shape. We can also use images for GUI representation. Following code snippet shows how to attach an image to the body.

import javafx.scene.Parent;
import javafx.scene.image.Image;
import javafx.scene.image.ImageView;
import org.jbox2d.collision.shapes.CircleShape;
import org.jbox2d.dynamics.Body;
import org.jbox2d.dynamics.BodyDef;
import org.jbox2d.dynamics.BodyType;
import org.jbox2d.dynamics.FixtureDef;

 * @author dilip
public class Ball extends Parent{

    //X and Y position of the ball in JBox2D world
    private float posX;
    private float posY;
    //Ball radius in pixels
    private int radius;
    public Ball(float posX, float posY, int radius){
        this.posX = posX;
        this.posY = posY;
        this.radius = radius;

    private void create(){
         * Set ball position on JavaFX scene. We need to convert JBox2D coordinates 
         * to JavaFX coordinates which are in pixels.
        //Create an JBox2D body defination for ball.
        BodyDef bd = new BodyDef();
        bd.type = BodyType.DYNAMIC;;
        bd.position.set(posX, posY);
        CircleShape cs = new CircleShape();
        cs.m_radius = radius * 0.1f;  //We need to convert radius to JBox2D equivalent
        // Create a fixture for ball
        FixtureDef fd = new FixtureDef();
        fd.shape = cs;
        fd.density = 0.5f;
        fd.friction = 0.3f;        
        fd.restitution = 0.5f;

        * Virtual invisible JBox2D body of ball. Bodies have velocity and position. 
        * Forces, torques, and impulses can be applied to these bodies.
        Body body =;

        //Attach an image.
        ImageView iv = new ImageView();
        iv.setImage(new Image(Ball.class.getResourceAsStream("images/ball.png")));


  1. This isn't working for me, I'm always getting compiler errors on the last line:

    1. nevermind, I just forgot to extend parent


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