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  1. ColdFusion Developers Guide
  2. 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
        1. About charts
        2. Creating a basic chart
        3. Charting data
        4. Controlling chart appearance
        5. Creating charts: examples
        6. Administering charts
        7. Writing a chart to a variable
        8. Linking charts to URLs
        9. Charting enhancements
      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 Builder is End of Life from Oct 1, 2024

Thank you for being part of the exciting journey of Adobe ColdFusion Builder.

As Adobe continues to focus on ColdFusion Builder extension for Visual Studio Code as the IDE for Adobe ColdFusion, we have decided to End of Life (EOL) Adobe ColdFusion Builder on Oct 1, 2024.

View the End of Life (EOL) announcement for ColdFusion Builder.


Using Adobe ColdFusion (2018 release) and ColdFusion Builder (2018 release) (comprising the ColdFusion Mobile Platform), you can quickly build mobile applications targeting multiple platforms. You do not have to focus on the limitations and capabilities of various mobile platforms and their supporting web browsers. You can build your mobile applications completely using ColdFusion and can make it work equally well on desktop browsers, mobile browsers, and as installed HTML5-based native applications.

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 platform comprises of the following key components:

  • The CFML Language: Added capabilities to the CFML programming language that facilitates the conversion of CFML code to mobile-friendly HTML/JavaScript, enabling easy adoption of newer web standards such as HTML5.
  • ColdFusion Builder: You can use ColdFusion Builder along with ColdFusion Server for quickly building, debugging, inspecting, and packaging mobile applications.

With the ease of programming that CFML facilitates and with the power of JavaScript, the ColdFusion Mobile platform will be a robust platform and a complete solution for mobile applications development. 
Leveraging the ColdFusion Mobile platform, you can rapidly develop mobile applications in CFML. Note that the CFML constructs relevant for client-side applications development will be converted to JavaScript automatically by ColdFusion. This means that not all CFML features, functions, tags, and other functionality are supported for conversion to JavaScript.
Note: This version of the pre-release bundle supports debugging while building mobile applications using ColdFusion Builder.

Types of mobile applications

ColdFusion Mobile Platform allows you to create the following types of mobile applications:

  • ColdFusion-deployed web app that can be rendered through the mobile device's web browser. There is no support for device's native functionalities.
  • Hybrid/shell app that can run as a standalone mobile application. This type supports device's native functionalities.


Setting up the ColdFusion server

Install ColdFusion Server by following the instructions provided in the installation guide. While installation, you do not need to configure the server to support mobile applications as the support is available by default.

Setting up ColdFusion Builder

Install ColdFusion Builder by following the instructions provided in the Installing Adobe ColdFusion Builder guide. Before you start reading this document, read the Using Adobe ColdFusion Builder guide.

Creating a mobile project

Note that ColdFusion Builder has introduced a new 'ColdFusion Mobile Project' type that will help you build and package mobile applications. However, you can convert your existing ColdFusion projects to a ColdFusion Mobile projects automatically. See Migrating existing projects
To create a ColdFusion Mobile project, perform the following tasks:

  • Click File > New > ColdFusion Mobile Project or Right-click on the Navigator area and click New > ColdFusion Mobile Project. You will be asked to select a mobile template. For more information on creating your own mobile template, read Mobile Templates. To import existing templates, click Import. Note that the mobile template must conform to the standards outlined in Mobile Templates.
Choose template
Choose template

  •  Click Next.
  • In the Project Information section, enter the following details:
    1. Enter the name of your project. 
    2. Select the CFML Dictionary Version as ColdFusion 2018
Project information
Project information

  • Click Next.
  • In the Server Details screen, from the Servers dropdown box, and click Add Server.
  • In the Server Settings screen, enter the server details. Click Next.
  • In the Link Folders section, map the specific ColdFusion directories available under the Server's web root to your project:
Link folders
Link folders

  • Click Finish.

You have successfully created a ColdFusion Mobile project. Now you can start building your mobile applications.


While developing mobile applications using ColdFusion platform, ensure that the index.cfm and index.html files are in the root directory of the selected assets.

Write some code

Now that you have a mobile project, write some code to capture an image from the device camera:

<cfclientsettings enableDeviceAPI=true>

<cfset document.getElementById('result').innerHTML=document.getElementById('result').innerHTML+"Hello from cfclient!"> 
<div id="result"/>

Migrating existing projects

You can automatically convert your existing ColdFusion projects to ColdFusion Mobile projects by applying the ColdFusion Mobile nature as shown in the following screen shot :

Migrate existing project
Migrate existing project


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