Changes in ColdFusion

New in ColdFusion 11

ColdFusion 11 has gone through a lot of changes and enhancements and this section highlights those changes:

End-to-end mobile development

The ColdFusion Mobile Platform aims at providing a server and development infrastructure that facilitates rapid and robust mobile application development, debugging, packaging, and deployment. The ColdFusion 11 release introduces rapid application development through ColdFusion Builder 3. This release of ColdFusion introduces full-fledged on-device debugging to quickly debug your ColdFusion-based mobile applications on devices.

You can quickly build a mobile application by reading the information provided in the following sections:

A new lightweight edition

The ColdFusion Express enables you to quickly setup a development or demonstration instance of a Server without following the installation procedure. The ColdFusion Express is a new ‘lighter’ version of the ColdFusion Server and is ideally suited for developers to quickly setup and run a ColdFusion Server for testing and debugging purposes.

See Installing ColdFusion Express

Language enhancements

ColdFusion 11 has gone through various language enhancements that will provide a better development experience for ColdFusion developers. The core CFML language enhancements in ColdFusion 11 includes new language constructs, extended tag support, enhanced script functions, and support for new operations.

See ColdFusion Language Enhancements

WebSocket enhancements

ColdFusion 11 has introduced the proxy support for WebSocket. There is a new proxy module (that runs inside IIS and Apache Web Server) that can intercept the ColdFusion WebSocket requests and redirect the requests to the ColdFusion Server. 

See WebSocket enhancements

PDF generation enhancements

To generate high quality PDFs from HTML documents, 2 new tags, <cfhtmltopdf> and <cfhtmltopdfitem> have been introduced in ColdFusion 11.

See PDF generation enhancements

Security enhancements

ColdFusion 11 has a lot of security enhancements and bug fixes. This update fixes a few security issues and has strengthened the Server to a large extent. Some notable security enhancements are described in the following document:

See Security Enhancements (ColdFusion 11)

Social enhancements

ColdFusion 11 has introduced the support for dynamically generating Like button, Tweet button, and Comment box for social media sites. 

See Social Enhancements

REST enhancements

ColdFusion 11 now supports site-level REST applications and enables pluggable serializer and deserializer.

See REST Enhancements in ColdFusion 11

Charting enhancements

The server-side charting introduced in ColdFusion 10 that allowed you to create highly interactive charts has been further enhanced to produce visually more appealing charts.

See Charting enhancements

Compression enhancements

The following sections describe the enhancements made to the <cfzip> and <cfzipparam> tags:

New functions

The following new functions are added:

Changes in functions


When you are using ColdFusion Scheduler, output can be saved only as  .log or .txt files. The same restriction is applicable for validation queries on databases.

Also, for the <cfinclude> tag, this restriction is applicable. By default, you can include only CFM files. However, you can modify allowedextinclude key in neoruntime.xml file to add your own file type.


  • For the <cfsetting> tag, URL.RequestTimeout attribute has been removed in ColdFusion 11.
  • The HTMLEditFormat() function has ben deprecated.

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