Building a Simple Kotlin Desktop Application

Kotlin can be used to develop cross-platform desktop applications with libraries like TornadoFX and JavaFX. In this guide, we'll explore how to create a basic desktop application using Kotlin.

Setting Up Your Environment

Before you begin, make sure you have Kotlin and a Java Development Kit (JDK) installed on your system. You can also use an integrated development environment (IDE) like IntelliJ IDEA for a smoother development experience.

Creating a Simple Kotlin Desktop Application

Let's create a simple desktop application that displays a window with a "Hello, Kotlin!" label using TornadoFX and JavaFX.

1. Create a Kotlin project in your IDE.

2. Add the TornadoFX and JavaFX dependencies to your project. You can do this by adding the following lines to your `build.gradle.kts` or `build.gradle` file:

dependencies {
implementation "no.tornado:tornadofx:1.7.20"
implementation "org.openjfx:javafx-controls:17"

3. Create a Kotlin class for your application:

import tornadofx.App
import tornadofx.View
import tornadofx.label
class SimpleKotlinApp : App(MainView::class)
class MainView : View() {
override val root = label("Hello, Kotlin!")

In this code, we create a TornadoFX application called `SimpleKotlinApp`. We define a `MainView` with a simple label that displays "Hello, Kotlin!".

4. In the `main` function, launch your application:

fun main() {

5. Run your application, and you should see a window displaying "Hello, Kotlin!".


Creating desktop applications with Kotlin is made easy with libraries like TornadoFX and JavaFX. This example demonstrates how to set up a basic desktop application in Kotlin, but you can extend it to create more complex and feature-rich desktop apps.

Happy coding with Kotlin desktop applications!