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Command Line Interface (CLI)

  1. ColdFusion User Guide
  2. Introduction to ColdFusion
    1. About Adobe ColdFusion
    2. Download Adobe ColdFusion
    3. What's new in ColdFusion (2021 release)
    4. ColdFusion (2021 release) Release Notes
    5. Deprecated Features
    6. REST enhancements in ColdFusion (2018 release)
    7. Server Auto-Lockdown
    8. Asynchronous programming
    9. Docker images for ColdFusion
  3. Adobe ColdFusion (2021 release)
    1. Install ColdFusion- Zip Installer
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    3. ColdFusion Licensing and Activation
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    14. New and updated language enancements
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    17. ColdFusion and Azure Cosmos DB
  4. Install ColdFusion
    1. ColdFusion server profiles
    2. Prepare to install ColdFusion
    3. Install the server configuration
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    8. Troubleshoot installation issues
    9. Install ColdFusion silently
    10. Install Adobe ColdFusion (2016 release) hotfix
    11. ColdFusion (2018 release) - Install JEE configuration
  5. Use ColdFusion
    1. Command Line Interface (CLI)
    2. External session storage
    3. Generate Swagger documents
    4. Language enhancements
    5. NTLM support
    6. New and changed functions/tags in Adobe ColdFusion (2016 release)
    7. PDF enhancements
    8. Security enhancements in ColdFusion (2016 release)
  6. Performance Monitoring Toolset
    1. Auto-discovery of ColdFusion nodes and clusters
    2. Code profiler in ColdFusion Performance Monitoring Toolset
    3. Configure ColdFusion Performance Monitoring Toolset settings
    4. Install ColdFusion Performance Monitoring Toolset
    5. Overview of ColdFusion Performance Monitoring Toolset
    6. View cluster and node metrics
    7. View data source metrics
    8. View external services
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    10. View list of sites and busy connections
    11. View topology of sites
    12. Datastore Health Monitoring
    13. Performance Monitoring Toolset Update 1
    14. Secure Performance Monitoring Toolset with HTTPS/SSL
    15. Performance Monitoring Toolset deployment guide
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Configure and administer ColdFusion
    1. Administer ColdFusion
    2. Use the ColdFusion administrator
    3. Data Source Management for ColdFusion
    4. Connect to web servers
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    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
  10. 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
  11. 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

 

Enhancements in ColdFusion (2018 release)

The 2016 release of ColdFusion introduced support for Command Line Interface (CLI).

In the 2018 release of ColdFusion, there is support for Read-Eval-Print-Loop (REPL). REPL, a shell, is an interactive programming environment that takes single user inputs, evaluates them, and returns the result to the user.

Getting started with REPL

In the command-prompt mode, navigate to <CF_HOME>/cfusion/bin. Enter cf.bat and the REPL mode displays.

REPL mode
REPL mode

To test if the REPL works as expected, assign a value to a variable, and display the variable.

To exit the REPL mode, enter q.

Note:
  • REPL works even if the ColdFusion server is NOT up and running.
  • REPL only supports cfscript syntax, not tags.

Support for Admin APIs

You can execute Admin APIs through CLI as well as in REPL mode. For example,

<cfscript>
     //login
     createObject("component","cfide.adminapi.administrator").login("admin");
     myObj = createObject("component","cfide.adminapi.debugging");
     returnValue = myObj.getIPList();
     myObj.setIP("10.10.10.10");
     myObj.setIP("22.22.22.22");
     returnValue = myObj.getIPList();
     if( listcontains(returnValue,"10.10.10.10",",")  GT 0 AND listcontains(returnValue,"22.22.22.22",",")  GT 0)
     {
        writeOutput("IP's added" & " ");
     }
     myObj.deleteIP("10.10.10.10");
     myObj.deleteIP("22.22.22.22"); 
     returnValue = myObj.getIPList();
     if( listcontains(returnValue,"10.10.10.10",",")  EQ 0 AND listcontains(returnValue,"22.22.22.22",",")  EQ 0)
     {
        writeOutput("IP's deleted");
     }
</cfscript>

A CLI instance and the server share the same configuration files. Any admin settings changed from the CLI are reflected in CLI immediately. The changes are also applied to the server. However, to reflect the changes in the ColdFusion Administrator Pages, restart the server. Any changes to settings done from ColdFusion administrator applies to CLI as well. Restart CLI, to reflect the changes.

REPL is more enhanced

To open the console in the REPL mode, run cf.bat/cf.sh without any arguments. If you open the console in REPL mode, it does the job of CLI as well now. You can specify the path of a cfm in REPL mode and execute it. Like CLI, this also handles both positional and named arguments to the cfm .

For example,

cf-cli>C:\ColdFusion\cfusion\wwwroot\run.cfm arg1 arg2

Executing cfms in REPL mode is much faster than running from CLI mode, there is no requirement for re-initialization of services. There is null support and semicolon is optional at the end of the line. When a single line is typed, it is evaluated and printed.  To see the help, type ‘help’ in CLI or REPL mode.

Support for multi-line statements in REPL

You can type in multiple lines in the REPL mode. A multi-line can be introduced in two ways:

Auto-detection of logical blocks

If you type function add() { in the REPL mode and press Enter, it will automatically go to the next line and wait for the next line of input in the console.

Adding ^ (space followed by a caret)

Add ^ at the end of line , and if you hit Enter, it will go to the next line, and wait for the next line of input. You can use this when you have a line that does not have any logical opening block ( { / (   )

When the input line has any logical block opening, you need not type in ^. Use it when you do not have any logical block to type in.

For example, to type in ‘function add()’ and ‘{‘ in the next line, you have to type as the line as function add() ^.

When you want to exit from the multiline midway, enter  multilineexit .

For example,

cf-cli>x=1

1

cf-cli>if (x==1) ^

...writeOutput("Hello ColdFusion")

Hello ColdFusion

For more information, type help in the command-prompt for all REPL usage options.

REPL help options
REPL help options

Enhancements in ColdFusion (2016 release)

In Adobe ColdFusion (2016 release), there is a new Command Line Interface (CLI) for developers to run cfm scripts without starting the ColdFusion server.

CLI can be used to write CRON jobs with:

  • File operations for reporting, logging, archiving, and so on.
  • Database operations for monitoring, debugging, and so on.
  • Network operations like mailing an error log or thread dump to a system admin.

The  cfm  files can either be in  wwwroot  or in a different location.

Execution

You can pass parameters from command line to the cfm script that is being executed.

Path

The path to the CFM can be either absolute or relative. An absolute path sets the directory of the cfm as wwwroot. A relative path sets the current working directory as wwwroot.

Arguments

You can pass both positional and named arguments to the executing cfm from the command line.

CLI has the following methods to read the arguments:

  • cli.getArgs() - Gets all the arguments.
  • cli.getNamedArgs()  - Gets all the named arguments.
  • cli.getUnnamedArgs()  - Returns all the unnamed args as a CFML array or an empty array if none are specified.
  • cli.getArg(int index) - Gets the argument at the index location.
  • cli.getNamedArg(String argName) - Gets the value of the named argument with name argName.

Example

cf.bat test.cfm 10 20 foo=bar
cli.getArg(1) returns 10

cli.getArg(2) returns 20 
cli.getNamedArg("foo") returns bar

Custom directories

In CLI, you can set outputdir and logdir while executing the cfm. By default, both classes and logs go to the temp folder.

Usage:

cf.bat cliscript.cfm –outputdir=c:\cfclasses –logdir=c:\logs

Application.cfc

The lookup for Application.cfc depends on the wwwroot, which is set according to the path of cfm (absolute or relative).

In Application.cfc, only onApplicationStart(), onApplicationStop(), and onError() methods are supported. There is no support for session and request methods in CLI. 

Scopes

CLI supports the following scopes:

  • application
  • argument
  • request
  • this

Reading/writing in Command Line

Additionally, CLI supports three methods to read and write to stdin and stdout/stderr:

  • cli .read() - Reads one line from stdin.
  • cli.writeln(message) - Writes the message string to stdout.
  • cli.writeError(errorMessage) - Writes the error message string to stderr.
  • cli .exit(exitCode) - The exit function takes an optional status code and exits to the console with the specified exit code. By default, CLI returns an exitcode of 0 on successful execution and 1 when execution fails.
Note:

 

Use cli.Writeln() or WriteOutput() or WriteDump() methods to write to console. Any content, HTML or otherwise, outside of these functions will not be dumped to console. In other words, CLI works as if enablecfoutputonly is set to true.

Example

readwrite.cfm
<cfset CLI.writeError("This is an error message from CLI writeError!")>
<cfset CLI.writeln("This is CLI write method!")>

Usage

cf.bat readwrite.cfm >> c:\logFile.txt 2>> c:\errFile.txt

Other supported features

CLI supports the following features:

  • Mail
  • Web service
  • Application data sources

Other functions

  • cli.exit(exitCode) - The exit function takes a status code and exits to the command prompt with the specified exit code.

Unsupported features 

The following features are not supported with CLI:

  • Charting
  • Scheduled Tasks
  • PDF features
  • Document
  • REST
  • Solr
  • Flex Integration
  • DotNet Integration
  • WebSocket
  • Image Functions
  • API Manager 
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