General information

What is Adobe® ColdFusion® Builder™ 2016?

Adobe ColdFusion Builder 2016 is a unique solution to develop, test, debug, and deploy mobile applications. Benefit from an all-new engine that powers the IDE to deliver across-the-board performance improvements. Leverage smart features to boost your productivity and preserve code integrity. Manage your ColdFusion server effortlessly from within the IDE.

Who should use ColdFusion Builder 2016?

ColdFusion Builder 2016 is designed for developers who build, deploy, and manage ColdFusion applications. Mobile app developers will love the way ColdFusion Builder lets them easily and quickly develop, test, debug, and deploy applications across multiple devices with minimum effort. Developers who have just started building applications for the web can benefit from the ColdFusion Builder productivity features.

Can I use ColdFusion Builder 2016 with my existing applications?

You can use ColdFusion Builder 2016 to write applications for any ColdFusion release. However, ColdFusion Builder includes tag libraries only for ColdFusion 9, 10, and 11, making some features available for only those releases.

What are the benefits of moving to ColdFusion Builder 2016 from a different IDE?

ColdFusion Builder 2016 enables developers to be more productive because of its easy customization, extensibility of the IDE, code quick fix, smart tab navigation, and a built-in debugger. Mobile application developers will benefit from the end-to-end workflow supported by ColdFusion Builder 2016.

Is printed documentation included with ColdFusion Builder 2016?

No, printed documentation is not included with ColdFusion Builder 2016. Electronic versions of all documents are available online on the  ColdFusion Help and Support page to install.

Pricing and editions

How can I purchase ColdFusion Builder 2016?

ColdFusion Builder 2016 is available for purchase online from the Adobe Store and through our network of partners and resellers.

What are the editions of ColdFusion Builder 2016, and how are they priced and licensed?

ColdFusion Builder 2016 is licensed per seat and packaged as a standalone product for US$299. Upgrades from ColdFusion Builder 1 and 2 are available for US$109. Developers can evaluate ColdFusion Builder 2016 for 60 days by downloading the trial. When the trial is over, the IDE reverts to ColdFusion Express, a basic ColdFusion code editor.

Is ColdFusion Builder 2016 included with Adobe ColdFusion 2016?

Yes. ColdFusion Builder 2016 is included with both Adobe ColdFusion 2016 Enterprise Edition and Standard Edition. You get three licenses of ColdFusion Builder 2016 with Adobe ColdFusion 2016 Enterprise Edition, and one license with Adobe ColdFusion 2016 Standard Edition.

You can also purchase ColdFusion Builder 2016 separately.

Is ColdFusion Builder 2016 part of Adobe Creative Cloud?

ColdFusion Builder 2016 is not part of Adobe Creative Cloud. 

In which languages is ColdFusion Builder 2016 available?

ColdFusion Builder 2016 is available in English and Japanese.

Installation and platforms

How can I install ColdFusion Builder 2016?

You can install ColdFusion Builder 2016 standalone or as a plug-in for your Eclipse environment. More Information is available here.

Which operating systems are supported?

ColdFusion Builder supports Microsoft® Windows®, Linux and Mac OS. For a complete list of supported operating systems and versions, visit the system requirements page.

Free ColdFusion Builder 2016 for education

Can education customers get ColdFusion Builder 2016 for free?

ColdFusion Builder 2016 is available free to all eligible education customers for learning purposes only and not for production purposes. Students, faculty, and staff can get serial numbers to activate downloadable trial versions by registering at During registration, you are prompted to upload a copy of your student ID, faculty ID, or employee ID, or you can upload a letter on institutional letterhead proving your current affiliation with an educational institution. After validation, you are emailed a free educational serial number for ColdFusion Builder 2016. It might take up to two weeks after you submit the request to receive your serial number.

How do students, faculty, and staff prove eligibility?

One of the following documents must be uploaded during registration to prove eligibility:

  • Valid student ID showing current enrollment
  • Valid faculty ID showing current employment
  • Valid employee ID showing current employment
  • Letter on an educational institution letterhead stating that the individual is either a current student or a faculty member of the institution

A scanned copy of any of these documents should be uploaded to the ColdFusion Builder 2 registration site. The scanned copy should be formatted as a GIF or PDF file.

How can I get multiple ColdFusion Builder 2016 licenses for use in a student lab?

If you are a faculty or staff member and you want to get ColdFusion Builder 2016 for multiple computers in your lab, you can request up to 30 education serial numbers for learning purposes in a single request on the registration site. If you need more than 30 education serial numbers, submit multiple requests.

Do education customers have to purchase a copy of ColdFusion Builder 2016?

Education customers need to purchase ColdFusion Builder 2016 if they are using it for more than just learning purposes.

Is maintenance included with the free ColdFusion Builder 2016 licenses?

No, Platinum Maintenance and Support or Upgrade Plan is available for purchase only to customers who have purchased a paid license of ColdFusion Builder 2016.

Is support included with my free ColdFusion Builder 2016 licenses?

Complimentary installation support is available. Developer or Technical Support plans for issues beyond installation support are available for purchase. For more information, visit the Adobe support programs page for the United States or the United Kingdom.

ColdFusion Builder 2016 and Mobile Application Development

What support is available for mobile application development in ColdFusion Builder 2016?

ColdFusion Builder 2016, used with ColdFusion 11,* provides end-to-end support for mobile application development. ColdFusion developers can leverage their existing CFML skills to develop, test, debug, and deploy mobile apps as well as browser-based mobile web applications.

ColdFusion Builder 2016 and earlier versions can also be used as a back end for mobile applications.

* ColdFusion Builder 2016 is a separate product and must be purchased separately.

Does ColdFusion Builder 2016 help in testing mobile applications?

ColdFusion Builder 2016 lets you inspect or test and modify the look and feel of mobile apps and mobile web applications across multiple devices using built-in Weinre integration.

Which debugging capabilities does ColdFusion Builder 2016 offer for mobile application development?

ColdFusion Builder 2016, used with ColdFusion 2016,* provides a unique solution for debugging installed apps and web applications. Remotely connect the mobile device to ColdFusion Builder and simulate actual usage on the device by stepping through application code.

* ColdFusion Builder 2016 is a separate product and must be purchased separately. 

How can ColdFusion Builder 2016 be used to create installed apps for mobile devices?

ColdFusion Builder 2016, used with ColdFusion 2016,* offers built-in integration with Adobe PhoneGap Build to convert CFML-based web applications to installed apps that run on iOS and Android devices.

* ColdFusion Builder 2016 is a separate product and must be purchased separately. 

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