Basic FAQs

What is Adobe ColdFusion Enterprise (2016 release)?

Adobe ColdFusion Enterprise (2016 release) offers you a single platform to rapidly build and deploy scalable, high-performing web and mobile enterprise applications. Leverage unique capabilities to develop, test, and debug mobile applications. Generate high-quality PDF files and manipulate them with the CFPDF tag. Make your server more secure with secure profile and default server lockdown.

What is ColdFusion Markup Language (CFML)?

CFML is the language that developers use to build ColdFusion applications. CFML offers extensive scripting capabilities. It also supports tag-based syntax that closely resembles HTML and XML, so it is ideally suited to programming applications that use these markup languages. It is easy to learn yet powerful enough to handle the most demanding web application logic.

Advanced developers can extend and customize CFML through custom tags, reusable object-based components, and user-defined functions, as well as integrate with Java, .NET, SOAP web services, REST, and more.

ColdFusion 2016 improves CFML with new and extended tags.

Who should use ColdFusion?

ColdFusion is designed for web developers who build dynamic websites and Internet applications.

Java developers can rapidly build Java EE–based web applications using Adobe ColdFusion Enterprise (2016 release). Tight and bidirectional integration with Java lets you invoke Java from ColdFusion and vice versa.

Mobile app developers will love the way ColdFusion lets them easily and quickly develop, test, debug, and deploy applications across multiple devices with minimum effort.

Developers who have just started developing applications for the web can benefit from the ColdFusion productivity features as well as its intuitive scripting and tag-based language, CFML.

Do I need any tools to develop ColdFusion applications?

Adobe ColdFusion Builder, an Eclipse-based IDE deeply integrated with ColdFusion server, is the ideal tool to build ColdFusion applications. ColdFusion Builder provides a unified, customizable, and extensible development environment to code applications, manage servers, and deploy projects. ColdFusion pages are simple text files, just like HTML pages, so you can develop them with any text editor.

How can I learn to develop web applications with ColdFusion?

There are many online and in-person training opportunities for ColdFusion. A great place to start is the Getting Started section of the ColdFusion Developer Center on Adobe Developer Connection. Discover the power ColdFusion has to offer by browsing code snippets, examining sample applications, and seeing new features in action. The session recordings of the ColdFusion Developer Week are specifically targeted toward new developers who have little or no ColdFusion experience. Adobe also offers a number of training and certification programs.

Is printed documentation included with Adobe ColdFusion Enterprise (2016 release)?

Electronic versions of all documents are available and accessible online at ColdFusion Help and Support. However, printed documentation is not available with Adobe ColdFusion Enterprise (2016 release).

Where can I find ColdFusion hosting?

Adobe publishes a partial list of partners committed to delivering hosting solutions for ColdFusion. View the ColdFusion hosting partners page.

I am a Java developer. How can I take advantage of ColdFusion?

ColdFusion is built on top of the Java stack. It is a powerful application server that you can use to rapidly build Java EE–based web applications. Adobe ColdFusion Enterprise (2016 release) offers tight integration with Java, so it is straightforward to invoke Java from ColdFusion and vice versa. For more information about the Java integration, see the  ColdFusion Help and Support

Installation, deployment, and platforms

How does ColdFusion 2016 run on Java™ EE application servers?

The ColdFusion 2016 runtime environment is a Java application that takes advantage of many powerful services in the Java EE platform to connect to databases, manage security, and process application requests. When ColdFusion 2016 Enterprise Edition is installed in the Java EE configuration on top of a Java application server, it uses the server’s Java EE infrastructure to execute ColdFusion applications as pure Java bytecode. Developers can then continue to develop and deploy ColdFusion pages while easily managing ColdFusion server settings using the ColdFusion Administrator.

How does the use of Apache Tomcat instead of Adobe JRun™ in ColdFusion 2016 affect installation?

The steps to install ColdFusion 2016 are similar to those for ColdFusion 2016 (except in the case of installing the multiserver configuration). For details, see the ColdFusion installation guide. The ColdFusion 2016 installer does not support multiserver installations. Instead, you install a server configuration and then create multiple instances and clusters using instance manager in the ColdFusion Administrator. Get more information on Configuring and Administering Adobe ColdFusion here.

What are the changes that I need to be aware of because of JRun replacing Tomcat?

There are changes in the directory structure, connector configuration, and some other areas. See for more details. 

Which Java EE servers are supported?

ColdFusion 2016 supports IBM® WebSphere, Oracle® WebLogic, Adobe JRun, Apache Tomcat, and JBoss. For details, see the systems support matrix.

Which databases are supported?

ColdFusion 2016 supports most major databases, including Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, IBM DB2, Sybase, and IBM Informix. For a complete list of supported databases, see the systems support matrix.

Which web servers are supported?

ColdFusion 2016 supports most major web servers, including IIS, Apache, and Sun™. For a complete list of supported web servers, see the systems support matrix.

Does ColdFusion 2016 have 64-bit support?

Yes. ColdFusion 2016 can run as a 64-bit application on the 64-bit versions of Microsoft Windows, Sun Solaris, Linux, and Mac OS. For details about supported platforms, see the ColdFusion system requirements

What are the benefits of running ColdFusion as a 64-bit application?

A 64-bit computer architecture can provide higher performance than a 32-bit architecture by handling more information in the same clock cycle. In addition to performance, an application can use a significantly larger memory space—32-bit computing architectures can address approximately 4GB of memory, while 64-bit computing architectures can address 16GB. Memory-intensive operations, such as reading in large files or returning large data sets, operate more efficiently. Applications that require more memory and execute more computations perform better on 64-bit systems.

Integration with other products and technologies

Do I need to know Java to use ColdFusion?

No. ColdFusion 2016 uses CFML to build applications. ColdFusion makes it possible to take advantage of the power of Java application servers without learning complex technologies, such as the Java language, JavaServer Pages (JSP), Java servlets, or Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB). Of course, if you are already using Java, ColdFusion can use virtually any existing Java libraries or classes because it is compiled straight to Java Virtual Machine bytecode, just like Java source code.

Does ColdFusion work with .NET?

Yes. You can use ColdFusion to call local or remote Microsoft .NET assembly classes as CFML objects. ColdFusion applications can use .NET assemblies to directly access and control Microsoft products (such as Word, Excel, or PowerPoint), use existing .NET components, or use .NET assemblies that you create to leverage features that are difficult to use or not available in ColdFusion or Java.

Do I need any tools to develop ColdFusion applications?

Adobe ColdFusion Builder, an Eclipse-based IDE deeply integrated with ColdFusion server, is the ideal tool to build ColdFusion applications. ColdFusion Builder provides a unified, customizable, and extensible development environment to code applications, manage servers, and deploy projects. ColdFusion Builder 2016, the latest release, integrates tightly with the ColdFusion 2016 server. It supports new CFML constructs and lets you benefit from bug fixes and features, such as an Eclipse upgrade and server manager enhancements. ColdFusion pages are simple text files, just like HTML pages, so you can develop them with any text editor.

Complimentary ColdFusion Standard for education

Can education customers, including students, faculty, and staff, get complimentary ColdFusion?

Complimentary ColdFusion Standard 2016 is available to all eligible education customers for learning purposes only, not for production purposes. Students, faculty, and staff can get serial numbers to activate downloadable trial versions by registering on the registration site. During registration, you are prompted to input a copy of your student ID, faculty ID, or employee ID, or you can upload a letter on institutional letterhead proving your current affiliation. When validated, you are emailed a complimentary educational serial number for ColdFusion 2016. It can take up to two weeks after your request to receive the serial number.

How do students, faculty, and staff prove eligibility?

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

  • Student ID showing current enrollment
  • Faculty ID showing current employment
  • Employee ID showing current employment
  • Statement on educational institution letterhead confirming student, employee, or faculty    member status

Scanned copies must be formatted as a GIF or PDF file

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

You can submit a single request on the registration site for up to 30 education serial numbers for student lab learning purposes.

Can education customers still purchase a copy of ColdFusion 2016 for education?

Yes. ColdFusion 2016 for education is available for purchase. The paid version of ColdFusion 2016 for education does not have the restriction that it must be used only for learning purposes.

Is maintenance included with the complimentary ColdFusion 2016 licenses?

No. Platinum Maintenance and Support and Upgrade Plans are only available for purchase to customers who have a paid license for ColdFusion 2016.

Is support included with my complimentary ColdFusion 2016 licenses?

Complimentary installation support is available. Developer or Technical Support plans for issues beyond installation support are available for purchase. Visit the U.S. Adobe support programs page or the U.K. Adobe support programs page for additional information.

Pricing, editions, and upgrading

Is ColdFusion 2016 backward-compatible with previously released versions of ColdFusion?

ColdFusion 8, 9, 10, and 11 easily migrate to ColdFusion 2016. For details on migrating to ColdFusion 2016, visit the ColdFusion migration resources section of the ColdFusion Developer Center.

How do I purchase ColdFusion 2016?

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

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

ColdFusion 2016 is sold in two editions: Standard Edition costs US$1,499 per two CPUs, and Enterprise Edition costs US$8,499 per two CPUs. ColdFusion can also be used for development at no cost with the complimentary Developer Edition, a full-featured server for development use only.

What are the differences between the ColdFusion 2016 editions?

ColdFusion 2016 Enterprise Edition is the solution for delivering high-performing websites and applications in a clustered or virtualized environment. Additionally, it provides deep insight into the performance of your websites and applications. ColdFusion 2016 Standard Edition is the solution for delivering a robust website with moderate volumes of traffic on a single server. Some features are available only with ColdFusion 2016 Enterprise Edition, and some features in ColdFusion 2016 Standard Edition are limited by performance through one shared simultaneous request. To learn more about the product editions, visit the product editions page.

I already have a license for an earlier version of ColdFusion. What are my upgrade options?

Special upgrade pricing is available to those customers who have a valid ColdFusion 11 license. Customers running ColdFusion 10 or earlier are not eligible for upgrade pricing.

To upgrade to ColdFusion (2016 release) Enterprise, see

To upgrade to ColdFusion (2016 release) Standard, see

Am I eligible for upgrade pricing if I’m running a version earlier than ColdFusion 10?

Customers running ColdFusion 9 or earlier are not eligible for upgrade pricing.

I recently purchased ColdFusion 11. Do I need to pay to upgrade to ColdFusion 2016?

You might be eligible for a complimentary upgrade to ColdFusion 2016. To find out more, call Customer Service at 800-833-6687 or submit your request via the web.

I have a software subscription and maintenance plan for ColdFusion. How can I receive my upgrade to ColdFusion 2016?

If you have a current ColdFusion subscription or maintenance plan, you should have received an email or letter with instructions. If you did not, contact Customer Service and include your ColdFusion serial number in your request.

ColdFusion and Mobile Application Development

What support is available for mobile application development using ColdFusion 2016?

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

* ColdFusion Builder 2016 is bundled with ColdFusion 2016. It can also be purchased separately. 

How can ColdFusion 2016, a server-side solution, be used to develop mobile applications?

By making CFML available on the client side also, ColdFusion 2016 enables easier access to server functionalities and device APIs, client-side database integration, and a custom tag framework for building reusable UI components. This facilitates mobile application development.

Does ColdFusion 2016 help in testing mobile applications?

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

How is ColdFusion 2016 different from other mobile frameworks for testing mobile applications?

ColdFusion 2016 provides a unique solution to inspect or test installed apps as well as web applications on mobile devices.

What debugging capabilities does ColdFusion 2016 offer for mobile application development?

ColdFusion 2016, used with ColdFusion Builder 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 bundled with ColdFusion 2016. It can also be purchased separately. 

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

ColdFusion 2016, used with ColdFusion Builder 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.

Which mobile platforms does ColdFusion 2016 support for creating mobile apps?

ColdFusion 2016 supports iOS and Android.

Which UI components are available as part of the mobile application development feature set provided by ColdFusion 2016?

ColdFusion 2016 provides a custom tag framework on the client side to create reusable UI components, which can be used for mobile application development.

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