Flying Saucer (library)

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Flying Saucer
webpage rendered with Flying Saucer
Stable release
R8 / April 18, 2009
Operating system Cross-platform
Type XHTML / CSS renderer library
License LGPL

Flying Saucer (also called XHTML renderer) is a pure Java library for rendering XML, XHTML, and CSS 2.1 content.

It is intended for embedding web-based user interfaces into Java applications, but cannot be used as a general purpose web browser since it does not support HTML.

Thanks to its capability to save rendered XHTML to PDF (using iText), it is often used as a server side library to generate PDF documents. It has extended support for print-related things like pagination and page headers and footers.


Flying Saucer was started in 2004 by Joshua Marinacci,[1] who was later hired by Sun Microsystems. It is still an open-source project unrelated to Sun.

Sun Microsystems once planned to include Flying Saucer in F3,[2] the scripting language based on the Java platform which later became JavaFX Script.


Flying saucer has very good XHTML markup and CSS 2.1 standards compliance, even in complex cases.[3][4][5]

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  1. ^ Marinacci, Joshua (2004-06-14). "My new opensource project: Flying Saucer, an all Java XHTML renderer". Retrieved 2008-06-29. 
  2. ^ Oliver, Chris (2006-12-14). "F3 and HTML". Retrieved 2008-06-29. We plan on incorporating the Flying Saucer Java XHTML renderer into F3 eventually 
  3. ^ "Flying Saucer - Default branch". 2007-07-14. Retrieved 2008-06-30. 
  4. ^ Marinacci, Joshua (2007-07-14). "Flying Saucer R7 is out". Retrieved 2008-06-30. 
  5. ^ Guy, Romain (2007-07-16). "XHTML/CSS Rendering In Swing". Retrieved 2008-06-30. 

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