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  1. ColdFusion User Guide
  2. Introduction to ColdFusion
    1. About Adobe ColdFusion
    2. Download Adobe ColdFusion
    3. What's new in ColdFusion (2023 release)
    4. ColdFusion (2023 release) Release Notes
    5. Deprecated Features
    6. REST enhancements in ColdFusion
    7. Central Configuration Server
    8. Server Auto-Lockdown
    9. Asynchronous programming
    10. Docker images for ColdFusion
    11. SAML in ColdFusion
    12. JSON Web Tokens in ColdFusion
    13. Use SAML and LDAP in Admin
  3. Cloud Services in ColdFusion
    1. ColdFusion and GCP Storage
    2. ColdFusion and GCP Firestore
    3. ColdFusion and GCP PubSub
    4. ColdFusion and Amazon S3
    5. ColdFusion and DynamoDB
    6. ColdFusion and Amazon SQS
    7. ColdFusion and Amazon SNS
    8. ColdFusion and MongoDB
    9. ColdFusion and Azure Blob
    10. ColdFusion and Azure Service Bus
    11. Multi-cloud storage services
    12. Multi-cloud RDS databases
    13. ColdFusion and Azure Cosmos DB
  4. Install ColdFusion
    1. Install the server configuration
    2. Install ColdFusion- Zip Installer
    3. Install ColdFusion- GUI Installer
    4. CFSetup configuration tool
    5. ColdFusion Licensing and Activation
    6. ColdFusion server profiles
    7. Prepare to install ColdFusion
    8. Install the JEE configuration
    9. Install ColdFusion Express
    10. Install integrated technologies
    11. Configure your system
    12. Troubleshoot installation issues
    13. Install ColdFusion silently
    14. Install Adobe ColdFusion (2016 release) hotfix
    15. ColdFusion (2018 release) - Install JEE configuration
  5. Use ColdFusion
    1. GraphQL in ColdFusion
    2. Command Line Interface (CLI)
    3. External session storage
    4. Generate Swagger documents
    5. Language enhancements
    6. NTLM support
    7. Enhanced PDF in ColdFusion
    8. Security enhancements in ColdFusion (2016 release)
  6. Performance Monitoring Toolset
    1. Overview of ColdFusion Performance Monitoring Toolset
    2. Auto-discovery of ColdFusion nodes and clusters
    3. Code profiler in ColdFusion Performance Monitoring Toolset
    4. Configure ColdFusion Performance Monitoring Toolset settings
    5. Install ColdFusion Performance Monitoring Toolset
    6. View cloud metrics
    7. Monitor GraphQL in Performance Monitoring Toolset
    8. Configure TLS/SSL and Authentication for Elasticsearch 8.x  in Performance Monitoring Toolset
    9. View cluster and node metrics
    10. View data source metrics
    11. View external services
    12. View incoming services
    13. View list of sites and busy connections
    14. View topology of sites
    15. Datastore Health Monitoring
    16. Performance Monitoring Toolset Update 1
    17. Secure Performance Monitoring Toolset with HTTPS/SSL
    18. Performance Monitoring Toolset deployment guide
  7. Adobe ColdFusion Builder extension for Visual Studio Code
    1. Getting started with Adobe ColdFusion Builder extension for Visual Studio Code
    2. Add a ColdFusion server
    3. Project Manager
    4. Work with ColdFusion code
    5. Profile preferences
    6. Debug applications
    7. Refactoring
    8. Services Browser
    9. RDS support
    10. PMT Code Profiler integration
    11. Security Analyzer report integration
    12. Known issues in this release
  8. Use ColdFusion Builder
    1. About ColdFusion Builder
    2. System requirements | ColdFusion Builder
    3. Install ColdFusion Builder
    4. Edit code in ColdFusion Builder
    5. Manage servers in ColdFusion Builder
    6. Manage projects in ColdFusion Builder
    7. What's new in Adobe ColdFusion Builder (2018 release)
    8. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) | Adobe ColdFusion Builder (2018 release)
    9. Debug applications in ColdFusion Builder
    10. ColdFusion Builder workbench
    11. ColdFusion Builder extensions
    12. Debugging Perspective in ColdFusion Builder
    13. Build mobile applications using ColdFusion Builder
    14. Bundled ColdFusion Server
    15. Debug mobile applications in ColdFusion Builder
    16. Use extensions in ColdFusion Builder
  9. Coldfusion API Manager
    1. Overview of Adobe ColdFusion API Manager
    2. Features in ColdFusion API Manager
    3. Get started with ColdFusion API Manager
    4. Install ColdFusion API Manager
    5. Authentication types
    6. Create and publish APIs
    7. Administrator
    8. Subscriber
    9. Throttling and rate limiting
    10. Notifications
    11. Connectors
    12. Set up cluster support
    13. Integrate ColdFusion and API Manager
    14. Metrics and Logging in API Manager
    15. Generate Swagger documents
    16. Configure SSL
    17. Known issues in this release
    18. Policies in ColdFusion API Manager
    19. Create a Redis cluster
    20. Multitenancy in API Manager
    21. Docker images for ColdFusion API Manager
  10. Configure and administer ColdFusion
    1. Administer ColdFusion
    2. Use the ColdFusion administrator
    3. Data Source Management for ColdFusion
    4. Connect to web servers
    5. Deploy ColdFusion applications
    6. Administer ColdFusion security
    7. Basic Troubleshooting and FAQs
    8. Work with Server Manager
    9. Use multiple server instances
    10. WebSocket Enhancements (ColdFusion 11)
    11. Security Enhancements (ColdFusion 11)
    12. Work with Server Monitor
    13. ColdFusion Administrator API Reference
  11. CFML Reference
    1. Introduction to CFML Reference
      1. New functions in ColdFusion (2018 release)
      2. New and changed functions/tags in Adobe ColdFusion (2016 release)
      3. Script supported tags and functions
      4. New and changed tags/functions in ColdFusion 11
    2. Reserved words and variables
      1. Reserved words and variables
      2. Reserved words
      3. Scope-specific built-in variables
      4. Custom tag variables
      5. ColdFusion tag-specific variables
      6. CGI environment (CGI Scope) variables
    3. ColdFusion tags
      1. ColdFusion tags
      2. Tags in ColdFusion 10
      3. Tag summary
      4. Tags by function
      5. Tag changes since ColdFusion 5
      6. Tags a-b
      7. Tags c
      8. Tags d-e
      9. Tags f
      10. Tags g-h
      11. Tags i
      12. Tags j-l
      13. Tags m-o
      14. Tags p-q
      15. Tags r-s
      16. Tags t
      17. Tags u-z
    4. ColdFusion functions
      1. ColdFusion functions
      2. New functions in ColdFusion 10
      3. ColdFusion functions by category
      4. Function changes since ColdFusion 5
      5. Functions a-b
      6. Functions c-d
      7. Functions e-g
      8. Functions h-im
      9. Functions in-k
      10. Functions l
      11. Functions m-r
      12. Functions s
      13. Functions t-z
      14. BooleanFormat
    5. Ajax JavaScript functions
      1. Ajax JavaScript functions
      2. Function summary Ajax
      3. ColdFusion.Ajax.submitForm
      4. ColdFusion.Autosuggest.getAutosuggestObject
      5. ColdFusion.Layout.enableSourceBind
      6. ColdFusion.MessageBox.getMessageBoxObject
      7. ColdFusion.ProgressBar.getProgressBarObject
      8. ColdFusion.MessageBox.isMessageBoxDefined
      9. JavaScriptFunctionsinColdFusion9Update1
    6. ColdFusion ActionScript functions
      1. ColdFusion ActionScript functions
      2. CF.http
      3. CF.query
    7. ColdFusion mobile functions
      1. ColdFusion Mobile Functions
      2. Accelerometer Functions
      3. Camera Functions
      4. Connection Functions
      5. Contact Functions
      6. Event Functions
      7. File System Functions
      8. Geolocation Functions
      9. Media and Capture Functions
      10. Notification Functions
      11. Splash Screen Functions
      12. Storage Functions
    8. Application.cfc reference
      1. Application.CFC reference
      2. Application variables
      3. Method summary
      4. onAbort
      5. onApplicationEnd
      6. onApplicationStart
      7. onMissingTemplate
      8. onCFCRequest
      9. onError
      10. onRequestEnd
      11. onRequest
      12. onRequestStart
      13. onServerStart
      14. onSessionEnd
      15. onSessionStart
    9. Script functions implemented as CFCs
      1. Script Functions Implemented as CFCs
      2. Accessing the functions
      3. Function summary
      4. ftp
      5. http
      6. mail
      7. pdf
      8. query
      9. Script functions implemented as CFCs in ColdFusion 9 Update 1
      10. storedproc
    10. ColdFusion Flash Form style reference
      1. Styles valid for all controls
      2. Styles for cfform
      3. Styles for cfformgroup with horizontal or vertical type attributes
      4. Styles for box-style cfformgroup elements
      5. Styles for cfformgroup with accordion type attribute
      6. Styles for cfformgroup with tabnavigator type attribute
      7. Styles for cfformitem with hrule or vrule type attributes
      8. Styles for cfinput with radio, checkbox, button, image, or submit type attributes
      9. Styles for cftextarea tag and cfinput with text, password, or hidden type attributes
      10. Styles for cfselect with size attribute value of 1
      11. Styles for cfselect with size attribute value greater than 1
      12. Styles for cfcalendar tag and cfinput with dateField type attribute
      13. Styles for the cfgrid tag
      14. Styles for the cftree tag
      15. ColdFusion Flash Form Style Reference
    11. ColdFusion event gateway reference
      1. ColdFusion Event Gateway reference
      2. addEvent
      3. CFEvent
      4. CFEventclass
      5. Constructor
      6. Gateway development interfaces and classes
      7. getStatus
      8. setCFCPath
      9. setCFCMethod
      10. getOriginatorID
      11. getLogger
      12. getBuddyList
      13. getBuddyInfo
      14. IM gateway message sending commands
      15. IM Gateway GatewayHelper class methods
      16. onIncomingMessage
      17. onIMServerMessage
      18. onBuddyStatus
      19. onAddBuddyResponse
      20. onAddBuddyRequest
      21. IM Gateway CFC incoming message methods
      22. IM gateway methods and commands
      23. CFML CFEvent structure
      24. warn
      25. info
      26. setOriginatorID
      27. data command
      28. submit Multi command
      29. submit command
      30. setGatewayType
      31. setGatewayID
      32. setData
      33. setCFCListeners
      34. outgoingMessage
      35. getStatusTimeStamp
      36. numberOfMessagesReceived
      37. numberOfMessagesSent
      38. removeBuddy
      39. removeDeny
      40. removePermit
      41. setNickName
      42. setPermitMode
      43. setStatus
      44. SMS Gateway CFEvent structure and commands
      45. SMS Gateway incoming message CFEvent structure
      46. getStatusAsString
      47. getProtocolName
      48. getPermitMode
      49. getPermitList
      50. getNickName
      51. getName
      52. getDenyList
      53. getCustomAwayMessage
      54. getQueueSize
      55. getMaxQueueSize
      56. getHelper
      57. getGatewayType
      58. getGatewayServices
      59. getGatewayID_1
      60. getGatewayID
      61. getData
      62. getCFCTimeout
      63. setCFCTimeout
      64. getCFCPath
      65. getCFCMethod
      66. GatewayServices class
      67. Gateway interface
      68. GatewayHelper interface
      69. addPermit
      70. addDeny
      71. addBuddy
      72. error
      73. debug
      74. Logger class
      75. stop
      76. start
      77. CFML event gateway SendGatewayMessage data parameter
      78. restart
      79. fatal
      80. SMS gateway message sending commands
    12. ColdFusion C++ CFX Reference
      1. C++ class overview
      2. Deprecated class methods
      3. CCFXException class
      4. CCFXQuery class
      5. CCFXRequest class
      6. CCFXStringSet class
      7. ColdFusion C++ CFX Reference
    13. ColdFusion Java CFX reference
      1. ColdFusion Java CFX reference
      2. Class libraries overview
      3. Custom tag interface
      4. Query interface
      5. Request interface
      6. Response interface
      7. Debugging classes reference
    14. WDDX JavaScript Objects
      1. WDDX JavaScript objects
      2. JavaScript object overview
      3. WddxRecordset object
      4. WddxSerializer object
  12. Develop ColdFusion applications
    1. Introducing ColdFusion
      1. Introducing ColdFusion
      2. About ColdFusion
      3. About Internet applications and web application servers
      4. About JEE and the ColdFusion architecture
    2. Changes in ColdFusion
      1. Changes in ColdFusion
      2. Replacement of JRun with Tomcat
      3. Security enhancements
      4. ColdFusion WebSocket
      5. Enhanced Java integration
      6. ColdFusion ORM search for indexing and search
      7. Solr enhancements
      8. Scheduler enhancements
      9. Integration with Microsoft Exchange Server 2010
      10. RESTful Web Services in ColdFusion
      11. Lazy loading across client and server in ColdFusion
      12. Web service enhancements
      13. Displaying geolocation
      14. Client-side charting
      15. Caching enhancements
      16. Server update using ColdFusion Administrator
      17. Secure Profile for ColdFusion Administrator
    3. Introduction to application development
      1. Introduction to application development using ColdFusion
      2. Using the Developing ColdFusion Applications guide
      3. About Adobe ColdFusion documentation for Developers
    4. The CFML programming language
      1. The CFML programming language
      2. Elements of CFML
      3. ColdFusion variables
      4. Expressions and number signs
      5. Arrays and structures
      6. Extend ColdFusion pages with CFML scripting
      7. Regular expressions in functions
      8. ColdFusion language enhancements
      9. Built-in functions as first class citizen
      10. Data types- Developing guide
    5. Building blocks of ColdFusion applications
      1. Building blocks of ColdFusion applications
      2. Create ColdFusion elements
      3. Write and call user-defined functions
      4. Build and use ColdFusion Components
      5. Create and use custom CFML tags
      6. Build custom CFXAPI tags
      7. Use the member functions
      8. Object Oriented Programming in ColdFusion
    6. Develop CFML applications
      1. Develop CFML applications
      2. Design and optimize a ColdFusion application
      3. Handle errors
      4. Use persistent data and locking
      5. Use ColdFusion threads
      6. Secure applications
      7. Client-side CFML (for mobile development)
      8. Use the ColdFusion debugger
      9. Debugging and Troubleshooting Applications
      10. Develop globalized applications
      11. REST enhancements in ColdFusion
      12. Authentication through OAuth
      13. Social enhancements
    7. Develop mobile applications
      1. Mobile application development
      2. Build mobile applications
      3. Debug mobile applications
      4. Inspect mobile applications
      5. Package mobile applications
      6. Troubleshoot mobile applications
      7. Device detection
      8. Client-side CFML
      9. Mobile Templates
      10. Code samples to build a mobile application
    8. Access and use data
      1. Access and use data
      2. Introduction to Databases and SQL
      3. Access and retrieve data
      4. Update database
      5. Use Query of Queries
      6. Manage LDAP directories
      7. Solr search support
    9. ColdFusion ORM
      1. ColdFusion ORM
      2. Introducing ColdFusion ORM
      3. ORM architecture
      4. Configure ORM
      5. Define ORM mapping
      6. Work with objects
      7. ORM session management
      8. Transaction and concurrency
      9. Use HQL queries
      10. Autogenerate database schema
      11. Support for multiple data sources for ORM
      12. ColdFusion ORM search
    10. ColdFusion and HTML5
      1. ColdFusion and HTML 5
      2. Use ColdFusion Web Sockets
      3. Media Player enhancements
      4. Client-side charting
      5. Display geolocation data
    11. Flex and AIR integration in ColdFusion
      1. Flex and AIR integration in ColdFusion
      2. Use the Flash Remoting Service
      3. Use Flash Remoting Update
      4. Offline AIR application support
      5. Proxy ActionScript classes for ColdFusion services
      6. Use LiveCycle Data Services ES assembler
      7. Use server-side ActionScript
    12. Request and present information
      1. Request and present information
      2. Retrieve and format data
      3. Build dynamic forms with cfform tags
      4. Validate data
      5. Create forms in Flash
      6. Create skinnable XML forms
      7. Use Ajax data and development features
      8. Use Ajax User Interface components and features
    13. Office file interoperability
      1. Office file interoperability
      2. Using cfdocument
      3. Using cfpresentation
      4. Using cfspreadsheet
      5. Supported Office conversion formats
      6. SharePoint integration
    14. ColdFusion portlets
      1. ColdFusion portlets
      2. Run a ColdFusion portlet on a JBoss portal server
      3. Run a ColdFusion portlet on a WebSphere portal server
      4. Common methods used in portlet.cfc
      5. ColdFusion portlet components
      6. Support for JSR-286
    15. Work with documents, charts, and reports
      1. Work with documents, charts, and reports
      2. Manipulate PDF forms in ColdFusion
      3. Assemble PDF documents
      4. Create and manipulate ColdFusion images
      5. Create charts and graphs
      6. Create reports and documents for printing
      7. Create reports with Report Builder
      8. Create slide presentations
    16. Use web elements and external objects
      1. Use web elements and external objects
      2. Use XML and WDDX
      3. Use web services
      4. Use ColdFusion web services
      5. Integrate JEE and Java elements in CFML applications
      6. Use Microsoft .NET assemblies
      7. Integrate COM and CORBA objects in CFML applications
    17. Use external resources
      1. Send and receive e-mail
      2. Interact with Microsoft Exchange servers
      3. Interact with remote servers
      4. Manage files on the server
      5. Use event gateways
      6. Create custom event gateways
      7. Use the ColdFusion extensions for Eclipse
      8. Use the data services messaging event gateway
      9. Use the data management event gateway
      10. Use the FMS event gateway
      11. Use the instant messaging event gateways
      12. Use the SMS event gateway


Adobe ColdFusion API Manager, introduced in ColdFusion (2016 release), is a standalone server component that provides monitoring, measuring, securing, and monetizing your APIs. API Manager is a technology-agnostic platform to create REST or SOAP APIs. Irrespective of an ASP.NET API or a CFML-based API, API Manager routes all client requests to the actual endpoint URL.

API Manager is a full-featured management tool integrated with ColdFusion (2016 release) to bring in all elements of the development and management process for your API needs.  With Adobe ColdFusion, developers are already able to quickly build and deploy both REST and SOAP APIs.  API Manager will allow system administrators to also secure APIs through role-based access control.

Basic API Manager concepts

Roles and users

API Manager supports the following roles:

  1. Administrator – An administrator adds and manages users, enforces throttling and rate-limiting of APIs, configures security, and so on. For more information, see Administrator.
  2. Publisher – A publisher creates and publishes APIs (REST, ColdFusion, or Swagger), enforces security, plans API consumption, approves subscriptions, and so on. For more information, see Publisher.
  3. Subscriber – A subscriber consumes an API, generates API keys, subscribes to applications, views notifications from publishers, and so on. For more information, see Subscriber.

Throttling and rate-limiting

Throttling controls API usage within a time period. You can define throttling at the application level and API level. Rate limiting defines the rate at which consumers can access APIs.

For more information, see Throttling and rate limiting. To know more about how an API administrator enforces throttling and rate limiting, see Configuring SLAs.

API authentication

In the API Manager, you can use API keys to authenticate your APIs and applications. The API Manager generates the API keys and enable you to add API key-based authentication to your APIs. There are three authentication types:

  1. apiKey
  2. basicAuth
  3. OAuth2
  4. None

For more information, see API authentication types.


Create your application and get your API subscribed to the application. For more information, see Creating an application.

Installing API Manager

The API Manager installer is available as part of a licensed, enterprise-only version of Adobe ColdFusion (2016 release). As you install ColdFusion, you can see a dialog box to install API Manager. After you install API Manager, there are some post-installation steps that depend on the Operating System.

For more information, see Installing API Manager. The installation steps differ according to OS.

After you install, enter http://<localhost>:9000/portal.html in your browser to launch the API Manager portal.

If there are issues launching the API Manager, refer to the troubleshooting document and then start API Manager.

Creating a REST API

Basic settings of the API

To create your first REST API, log in to the API Manager portal as a publisher. After you log in, you can see a screen that lists various ways to create an API. Click Create REST API.

As an example, you can create an API that finds the median value of a house in a particular zip code in USA . In this case, you require the following details:

API Name

The name of the API you will create. Enter a meaningful name. For this example, enter Demographics


Browser-friendly name that defines the context of your API. Enter the context as the same as your API.


The version of the API. An API can have multiple versions. Enter v1.0 as the version of the API.


For this example, you can work with a service exposed by the Cdyne services provider. Use the endpoint,


Set it to public, private, or partner depending on how you want to expose the API to users.


Enter the API description.

Defining the API resources

The example endpoint has the resource GetIncomeHouseValueByAddress. Use GET method with the endpoint. Enter /GetIncomeHouseValueByAddress in the Add Resource Path field.

The endpoint has the following parameters:

  • AddressLine1
  • City
  • StateAbbrev
  • ZipCode
  • LicenseKey

Add the information to the Resources section, as shown below:


GET method




Parameters of the resource.

Authenticating the API

For this example, choose None as authentication type in the Authentication section.

Publishing the API

To publish the API, click Publish. Once the API is published, you can preview of the API. You can verify the details and if required, edit and re-publish the API.

Testing the API

To test this API, click Test this API on the left navigation panel. Expand the resource. Enter the values of the parameters as shown below:

Click Run API Call. The following displays:

Subscribing to the API

Once the publisher creates and publishes an API, you can subscribe to it. Log in to the API Manager portal as a subscriber and choose the API from the API catalog.

Subscribe to an application and choose your SLA plan. You can also see the application key that you can use to try out the API.

Creating a REST API from SOAP

Basic settings

To create your first REST API, log in to the API Manager portal as a publisher. After you log in, you can see a screen that lists various ways to create an API. Click Create REST API from SOAP.

As an example, you will use a publicly accessible SOAP web service and generate REST endpoint for the same. The WSDL URL for sample SOAP service is

Enter all the fields in Basic Settings and click Fetch, which takes you to the SOAP to REST Mapping Wizard.

SOAP to REST mapping

In the SOAP to REST Wizard, you can see the following:

Under Mapping, there are three rows. For this example, choose WeatherSoap, because the SOAP binding uses this portType. When you expand the port type, you can see the methods for the port type.

The implementation represents the bindings supported for the portType. In this case, SOAP1.1 and SOAP1.2 are present, and you selected WeatherSoapImpl, which is SOAP 1.1 binding. You cannot select more than one binding at a time while publishing a SOAP to REST API.

The REST Path (WeatherSoap) is the resource path where the converted REST service will be available. This field is editable, you can define your own resource path (REST path).

SOAP to REST Methods

Now map the individual operations to REST. Choose the method getWeatherInformation, as shown below:

This method does not take any input arguments and only returns some info. You can enter Produces (Accept header). By default, application/json is populated in Produces. You can apply multiple comma-separated accept headers. As the operation does not take any input argument, keep Consumes (Content-type header) empty.

Type is resource method designator as defined by JAX-RS and corresponds to similarly named HTTP methods. GET, PUT, POST, DELETE are valid types for SOAP TO REST translation.

For this operation, keep Type as GET, which is the default value.

Generating the REST endpoints

To generate the REST endpoints after mapping, click Generate Rest Endpoints. The REST Service endpoints are now created and hosted. You can invoke the endpoint by entering the following URL in a browser:

http://localhost:9100/ WeatherSoapToRest/v1.0/WeatherSoap/ getCityWeatherByZIP/ “<cityZipCode>”

Review the API in the Resources section.


In this section, you can see the endpoint URL for generated REST service for the input WSDL document.

For the current example, Swagger Doc is available at this URL: http://localhost:9100/soaptoRest/WeatherSoapToRest/api-docs

The URL is a link to Resource Listing doc, and from this doc you can get the URL to API Listing doc, which is in this case is:


For details about Swagger Document, you can refer to the Swagger 1.2 specification.

Testing the API

To test this API, click Test this API in the left navigation panel. Enter the following details and click Run API Call

You can see the following responses:

In the Request Details section, you can see the request URL for this operation, HTTP Method, Accept header sent to the endpoint, and other headers. Params is the QueryParam sent, in this case apiKey= 808a92a6554c4b6b8fffabbf2e2d05f8 and arg0=10036, which you can invoke through:

http://localhost:9100/WeatherSoapToRest/v1.0/WeatherSoap/getCityWeatherByZIP?api_key= 808a92a6554c4b6b8fffabbf2e2d05f8&arg0=10036

You can see the following result:

{"success":true,"responseText":"City Found","state":"NY","city":"New York","weatherStationCity":"White Plains","weatherID":15,"description":"N/A","temperature":"63","relativeHumidity":"87","wind":"E7","pressure":"29.97S","visibility":"","windChill":"","remarks":""}

Importing REST API from Swagger

Swagger is a specification and a framework to build API documentation and sandboxes, and to generate the code of an API client.

In ColdFusion API Manager, you can import REST resources based on Swagger specifications and publish them.

The API Manager supports importing an API from Swagger 1.2 and Swagger 2.0.

Basic settings

To import a REST API from Swagger, click Import REST API from Swagger.

As an example, you will use import the Swagger doc of Petstore API. Enter the following URL:

Click Import. You can see that the Swagger endpoint, version, and description are populated in the page. Enter the API name and context.


In the Resources section, click any resource and view its parameters, methods, authentication types, and so on.

Authenticating the API

For this example, you will use the basicAuth authentication method.

Basic authentication is the simplest form of authenticating a user via user name and password. The API Manager allows protecting an API using the Basic authentication scheme. The publisher needs to configure the user store against which the credentials needs to be authenticated. If the API resource is protected with a Scope and configured with roles, then role authorization also happens during the consumption of the API.

The example below provides a step by step procedure that shows how to authenticate and authorize the publicly available pet store API using Basic authentication scheme. The example also uses LDAP Directory as the backend user store through the API Manager gateway.

To set the authentication type:

Navigate to Security > Authentication and choose basicAuth as the authentication type. Click Apply to all resources. Doing so sets basicAuth as the authentication method to all the resources. You can also override this authentication type at the sub-resource level as well.

In the Configuration page, choose User store as the user store against which the credentials are to be authenticated.

Create two scopes, pet_write and pet_read. Only users with Pet Reader role can read the pets. Users with role Pet Writer can write and delete the pets.

Assign pet_read to all the resources for all the GET operations of pet resource. Assign pet_write to all the resources of pet other than GET.

Choose the relevant SLA plans and publish the API.

Import REST API from ColdFusion

In API Manager, you can also import REST services registered in any ColdFusion server.

As an example, create a CFC called HelloWorld.cfc that displays a message. Using the ColdFusion Builder, create a CFC and add the following lines in the file:

<cfcomponent rest="true" restpath="/hello">
 <cffunction name="sayHello" access="remote" returnType="string" httpMethod="GET">
  <cfset myStr="Hello. This is a REST app.">
  <cfreturn myStr>

Register the service in ColdFusion Administrator.

  1. Enable Allow REST Discovery in Server Settings > Settings.

  1. Register the CFC that you created in the ColdFusion Administrator.

Register the ColdFusion server in API Manager Administrator

In the CF Discovery Server window, enter the following information, as shown below:

Importing the REST API in API Manager

After clicking Import REST API from ColdFusion, you can see the following. Choose the appropriate server.

Click Import. In the Resources section, you can see that there are no resources because there were no resources defined for this API. This API only returns a message. Publish and test the API. You can see the message, as shown below:

Importing REST API from SOAP Web service

In ColdFusion API Manager, you can expose a SOAP web service as a REST API. Click Import SOAP API from the Create API window.

In the Basic Settings page, enter the API information and WSDL URL, as shown below:

Click Fetch. The API Manager parses the WSDL to identify SOAP endpoints, port types, operations, and so on, and also rewrites all endpoints and XSD document references to point to the API Manager runtime gateway. You can see the following:

You can see that you have a proxy WSDL now. The page lists all available Port Types, possible Message Envelopes, and Endpoints. Message envelopes are also generated automatically. Clicking any button near the Envelope displays a dialog showing the SOAP Action, Body Type, and a sample Message. The API Manager generates the sample, and the sample is validated for documentation of the original API.

The example below is a SOAP 1.2 message envelope for Port Type: WeatherHttpGet and Operation: GetCityWeatherByZIP. 

Click Save and you can see a summary of the newly created proxy service endpoints.

Click Publish

Try-out the API

After you click Test this API after publishing the API, you can see two WSDL URLs. The first URL is the original WSDL URL and the second URL is the proxy URL generated by the API Manager. 

If the two WSDLs are compared, you can see that the actual endpoints ( are replaced with the API Manager-generated proxies ( http ://localhost:9100/WeatherWSDL/v1.0/{Binding}).

Before publishing the API, ensure that all endpoints / XSD references start with the URL, http://localhost:9100/WeatherWSDL/v1.0/.

Test the service GetCityWeatherByZIP and the port type, WeatherHttpGet. You can see a try-out window.

Enter a ZIP code and click Run API Call. If you enter a valid ZIP code in <ns1:ZIP>?xxx?</ns1:ZIP>, you can see the following in the response:

If you enter an invalid ZIP code, you can see the following response:

Analytics in API Manager

In API Manager, you can track key metrics, SLA usage, and so on, in a set of interactive and graphical dashboards. In any API Manager dashboard, you can:

  • Gain insights to an API performance
  • Monitor API availability and response times
  • Track API usage

The Analytics Dashboard in API Manager consists of multiple dashboards separated logically. For example, a publisher dashboard has the following panels:

  • Home panel for overall view of API requests
  • APIs panel for comparing APIs on different aspects
  • API and Versions panel for comparing different versions of an API
  • Errors panel for analyzing errors in your APIs
  • Developers panel for tracking subscriber requests and plans.

Each dashboard has multiple visualizations (or charts or graphs). Visualizations can be of different forms like pie, donut, bars, and lines. Each visualization provides you information based on the fields they are made of. Fields are a set of different data collected from the API manager, such as, API name, API version, type of request, and response time of request.

There are separate dashboards for Administrators and Subscribers. For more details, refer to the following links:

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