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Debug applications in ColdFusion Builder

  1. ColdFusion User Guide
  2. Introduction to ColdFusion
    1. About Adobe ColdFusion
    2. Download Adobe ColdFusion
    3. What's new in ColdFusion (2023 release)
    4. ColdFusion (2023 release) Release Notes
    5. Deprecated Features
    6. REST enhancements in ColdFusion
    7. Central Configuration Server
    8. Server Auto-Lockdown
    9. Asynchronous programming
    10. Docker images for ColdFusion
    11. SAML in ColdFusion
    12. JSON Web Tokens in ColdFusion
    13. Use SAML and LDAP in Admin
  3. Cloud Services in ColdFusion
    1. ColdFusion and GCP Storage
    2. ColdFusion and GCP Firestore
    3. ColdFusion and GCP PubSub
    4. ColdFusion and Amazon S3
    5. ColdFusion and DynamoDB
    6. ColdFusion and Amazon SQS
    7. ColdFusion and Amazon SNS
    8. ColdFusion and MongoDB
    9. ColdFusion and Azure Blob
    10. ColdFusion and Azure Service Bus
    11. Multi-cloud storage services
    12. Multi-cloud RDS databases
    13. ColdFusion and Azure Cosmos DB
  4. Install ColdFusion
    1. Install the server configuration
    2. Install ColdFusion- Zip Installer
    3. Install ColdFusion- GUI Installer
    4. CFSetup configuration tool
    5. ColdFusion Licensing and Activation
    6. ColdFusion server profiles
    7. Prepare to install ColdFusion
    8. Install the JEE configuration
    9. Install ColdFusion Express
    10. Install integrated technologies
    11. Configure your system
    12. Troubleshoot installation issues
    13. Install ColdFusion silently
    14. Install Adobe ColdFusion (2016 release) hotfix
    15. ColdFusion (2018 release) - Install JEE configuration
  5. Use ColdFusion
    1. GraphQL in ColdFusion
    2. Command Line Interface (CLI)
    3. External session storage
    4. Generate Swagger documents
    5. Language enhancements
    6. NTLM support
    7. Enhanced PDF in ColdFusion
    8. Security enhancements in ColdFusion (2016 release)
  6. Performance Monitoring Toolset
    1. Overview of ColdFusion Performance Monitoring Toolset
    2. Auto-discovery of ColdFusion nodes and clusters
    3. Code profiler in ColdFusion Performance Monitoring Toolset
    4. Configure ColdFusion Performance Monitoring Toolset settings
    5. Install ColdFusion Performance Monitoring Toolset
    6. View cloud metrics
    7. Monitor GraphQL in Performance Monitoring Toolset
    8. Configure TLS/SSL and Authentication for Elasticsearch 8.x  in Performance Monitoring Toolset
    9. View cluster and node metrics
    10. View data source metrics
    11. View external services
    12. View incoming services
    13. View list of sites and busy connections
    14. View topology of sites
    15. Datastore Health Monitoring
    16. Performance Monitoring Toolset Update 1
    17. Secure Performance Monitoring Toolset with HTTPS/SSL
    18. Performance Monitoring Toolset deployment guide
  7. Adobe ColdFusion Builder extension for Visual Studio Code
    1. Getting started with Adobe ColdFusion Builder extension for Visual Studio Code
    2. Add a ColdFusion server
    3. Project Manager
    4. Work with ColdFusion code
    5. Profile preferences
    6. Debug applications
    7. Refactoring
    8. Services Browser
    9. RDS support
    10. PMT Code Profiler integration
    11. Security Analyzer report integration
    12. Known issues in this release
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Configure and administer ColdFusion
    1. Administer ColdFusion
    2. Use the ColdFusion administrator
    3. Data Source Management for ColdFusion
    4. Connect to web servers
    5. Deploy ColdFusion applications
    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
  11. 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
  12. 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


Debugging lets you examine and troubleshoot your application. When you debug, you can control when the application must stop at specific points in the code. You can also monitor important variables and test your code. Debugging uses a configuration to control how applications are launched. When you debug your application, you run the debug version of the application file.

Using ColdFusion debugger

Before you use the ColdFusion Debugger, ensure that you do the following:

Set up ColdFusion to use the Debugger

Before you use the Debugger, ensure the following:

  • A server is associated with the project or the project containing the files that you want to debug.
  1. In the Navigator view, right-click the project and select Properties.

  2. In the Properties dialog box, select ColdFusion Server Settings.

  3. Under Select Servers, ensure that a server is selected. If no server is selected, select the Servers drop-down list and select an available server, or select Add Server to configure a new server.

  • RDS is enabled on the ColdFusion server, and you have specified the correct RDS configuration information in ColdFusion Builder.
  • Debugging is enabled in ColdFusion Administrator.
  1. In ColdFusion Administrator, select Debugging & Logging > Debugger Settings.

  2. Select Allow Line Debugging.

  3. Specify the port to use for debugging. The default value is 5005.

  4. Specify the maximum number of simultaneous debug sessions. The default value is 5.

  5. Click Submit Changes.

  6. To increase the time after which requests time out, do the following:

  7. Select Server Settings > Settings.

  8. Select Timeout Requests After (Seconds) and enter the required timeout value. For example, 300.

  9. Click Submit Changes.

  10. The debugger server listens for commands from ColdFusion Builder on a separate port than the one specified in step 3. By default, ColdFusion launches the debugger server with a random available port. This could be a problem if ColdFusion (and hence debugger server) is behind a firewall. Because, the firewall blocks the random port that the debugger is listening. To prevent this problem, specify a fixed debugger server port number and allow this port in the firewall. To set a fixed debugger server port number, specify the following JVM argument on the Java And JVM page of the ColdFusion Administrator (or the appropriate place for your J2EE Application Server). Replace portNumber with the port that you want to use:


  11. Restart ColdFusion. If you are running the J2EE configuration of ColdFusion, restart the server in debug mode with the debug port as specified.

Set up debugging for J2EE configuration of ColdFusion

  1. If you are not running the server configuration of ColdFusion, specify Java debugging parameters in the configuration file or startup script of the application server you are running. The parameters must look like the following:

    -Xdebug -Xrunjdwp:transport=dt_socket,server=y,suspend=n,address=<port_number>

    Ensure that the port number you specify is the same port number specified on the Debugger Settings page of ColdFusion Administrator.If you are running the server configuration, ColdFusion writes these debugging parameters to the jvm.config file when you use the Debugger Settings page of the ColdFusion Administrator.

  2. If you are not running the server configuration and your application server is not running on JRE 1.6, copy the tools.jar file of the JDK version that your application server is running to the \lib folder of ColdFusion. For example, if you are running JRun that runs on JRE 1.4, copy the tools.jar file of JDK 1.4 to the \lib folder of ColdFusion.

  3. If you are running the server version of ColdFusion and you specify a JRE version other than JRE 1.6 in the jvm.config file, copy the tools.jar file of the JDK version specified in your jvm.config file to the \lib folder of ColdFusion.

Specify debugger settings in ColdFusion Builder

  1. In ColdFusion Builder, select Window > Preferences.

  2. In the tree view, select ColdFusion > Debug Settings.

  3. Specify the home page URL that points to the page that appears in the Debug Output Buffer of the debugger when you click the Home button.

  4. Specify the extensions of the types of files that you can debug and debugger scopes that you want the Debugger to recognize. To improve performance when debugging large files, deselect all scopes for which you do not require information.

  5. Select Break On CFML Runtime Exception to stop the debugger on the line that causes a ColdFusion error.

  6. Select Log An Exception To The Eclipse Error Log to display the server logs in the TailView view instead of showing a warning dialog.

Debugging your application

After you enabled the debugger in the ColdFusion Administrator and configured the debugger in ColdFusion Builder, you can debug projects in ColdFusion Builder.

Create or edit launch configurations

When you debug a project in your application, ColdFusion Builder creates a project-specific launch configuration for the first time that you debug. The launch configuration automatically defines a project name (based on the project that you are debugging), main application file, and the path to debug the application.

Launch configurations are managed through the Create, Manage, and Run Configurations dialog box.

Configurations dialog box
Configurations dialog box

Debug configuration

You can edit the default launch configuration that ColdFusion Builder creates.

  1. Select the project to debug in the Navigator view.

  2. You can access the launch configuration in the following ways:

    • Select Run > Debug or Run > Debug Configurations
    • Select   in  the workbench toolbar.
    • Right-click the project and select Debug As > Debug Configurations.
  3. Select the launch configuration to edit in the Debug Configurations dialog box.You can also create a launch configuration or base a new configuration on an existing configuration.

  4. Click the Perspectives link to modify the launch configuration preferences, as required.

Run the application

Run the application that you want to debug before setting any breakpoints. Running the application before debugging compiles the application and improves performance during debugging.

  1. Select the project to run in the Navigator view.

  2. Select or modify the Run configuration using the Run Configurations dialog box. You can access this dialog box in the following ways:

    • Select Run > Run configurations.
    • Right-click the project and select Run As > Run Configurations.
  3. Select the configuration to run or modify, if necessary.

  4. Click Run.

The application is run in your computer’s default browser. To specify a different external browser, do as follows:

  • (Windows) Right-click the project and select Properties. Go to ColdFusion Server Settings, and select a a web browser installed on your computer.
  • (Mac) In the Preferences dialog box, select General > Web Browser, and select a web browser installed on your computer.

Set and remove breakpoints

You use breakpoints to control the running of your application so you can inspect your code and debug your application. You add breakpoints in the code editor and then manage them in the Breakpoints view. You can also set breakpoints as you write code or while you debug.

For more information about managing breakpoints using the Breakpoints view, see Breakpoints view.

ColdFusion breakpoints

ColdFusion breakpoints have the following four states in the ColdFusion debugger:

  • Enabled and Valid This state indicates that the breakpoint is at a valid location. The breakpoint appears as a solid blue circle in the left margin of the CFML Editor. Code execution stops when this breakpoint is encountered.
  • Unresolved ColdFusion sets the breakpoint for the page that is loaded in its memory. If you modify the page and do not run it, the source is no longer in sync with the page on the server. In this situation, ColdFusion sometimes does not know whether the line where you want to set the breakpoint is valid. A question  mark   represents  this type of breakpoint.
  • Invalid If ColdFusion determines that the CFML that you are editing in ColdFusion Builder is the same as the CFML in its  memory,  and that the breakpoint you have set is  at  an invalid line, the breakpoint appears as a red X.
  • Disabled This state indicates that the breakpoint is disabled.

Set a breakpoint in the code editor

  1. Open the ColdFusion Builder project that contains the code in which you want to set breakpoints.

  2. Locate the line of code where you want to set a breakpoint, and do one of the following:

    • Double-click in the marker bar along the left-edge of the editor.
    • Select Run > Toggle Breakpoint or Run > Toggle Line Breakpoint.


    Toggle Method Breakpoint and Toggle Watchpoint are not supported in ColdFusion Builder.

  3. You can set breakpoints in your CFML file to stop executing the page at particular points. When you set a breakpoint on a line, the CFML stops executing just before that line. For example, if you set a breakpoint on the third line in the following CFML page, execution stops before <cfset myName = "Wilson">.

    <cfoutput>Your name is #yourName#.</cfoutput>
    <cfset myName = "Wilson"

A blue dot appears before the line on which you set the breakpoint.

You can also view a list of breakpoints set in the current project in the Breakpoints view of the ColdFusion Builder Debugging perspective.

Skip all breakpoints in the code editor

After setting breakpoints in your code, you can ignore all breakpoints at the time of debugging.

  1. Open the ColdFusion Builder project that contains the code with breakpoints.

  2. In the Breakpoints view toolbar, select Skip All Breakpoints.

Remove a breakpoint in the code editor

In the marker bar along the left-edge of the editor, double-click an existing breakpoint.

The breakpoint is removed from the marker bar and the Breakpoints view of the ColdFusion Builder Debugging perspective.

To remove all the breakpoints in the file, select Run > Remove all Breakpoints from the main toolbar menu.

Start a debugging session

  1. In the Navigator view, select the project or file to debug.

  2. You can start the debugging session in the following ways:

    • Select Run > Debug
    • Click   in  the workbench toolbar.
    • Right-click the project and select Debug As > ColdFusion Application.

The Debug launch configuration is automatically created and launched.


 If you are debugging a page and then try to browse to or refresh that page, it can result in unexpected behavior in the Debugger.

Manage the debugging session

Use the Debug view to control the debugging of the application, to suspend, resume, or terminate the application, or to step into or over code.

For information about the various views in the ColdFusion Debug perspective, see ColdFusion Debugging perspective.

Run code line by line

You can use the Step Into, Step Over, and Step Return buttons to proceed through your CFML application line by line.

For the stepping process to work properly, clear the cache of compiled classes. To do so, recompile all CFML pages compiled with an earlier version of ColdFusion.

In large files, you sometimes find that stepping and breakpoints are slow. To improve performance, do the following:

  1. In ColdFusion Builder, select Windows > Preferences.

  2. In the tree view, select ColdFusion > Debug Settings

  3. Deselect all scopes for which you do not require information.

Step Into

Use Step Into for UDFs, CFCs, custom tags, and included files. Avoid using Step Into on CFML tags such as the cfset tag. Step Into is more performance intensive than Step Over. When stepping into functions, tags, and files, the file must be displayed in one of the open projects. The file that you are stepping in must be in an open project.

Step Over

Use Step Over to proceed through your CFML application, bypassing included files, such as UDFs or CFCs.

Step Return

Use Step Return to return to the original page from which you entered the included file, such as UDFs or CFCs.

Inspect variables

As you run CFML code, you can see the values and scope of variables in the Variables view. Only variables whose scopes are what you selected in the Preferences dialog box appear in the Variables view. For more information about using the Variables view, see Variables view.

Watch expressions

Watch expressions are useful to watch critical variables that sometimes go out of scope when you step into a different function. You can create your own expressions to watch and evaluate. You can modify the expressions during the debugging session.

You can do the following in the Expressions view:

  • Create a watch expression by right-clicking and selecting Add Watch Expression. You can then enter the expression in the Add Watch Expression dialog box.
  • Ignore a watch expression that you’ve added by right-clicking the expression and selecting Disable.
  • Edit a watch expression by right-clicking the expression and selecting Edit Watch Expression. You can then modify the expression.

For more information about using the Expressions view, see Expressions view.

Debugging remote applications

If ColdFusion is running on a remote server, configure a remote server connection and specify a mapping between ColdFusion and ColdFusion Builder. Mapping ensures that ColdFusion Builder and ColdFusion are working on a copy of the same project or file.

  1. To configure a remote server, see Add a remote server. Enter the RDS configuration information, as required.

  2. In the Server view, right-click the server and select Edit Server. In the Mappings screen of the Server wizard, enter the following mapping details:

    • Local Path: Path that ColdFusion Builder uses to find projects or folders on the remote ColdFusion server.

Remote Path: Path to the project or folder on the remote ColdFusion server.


You can specify multiple mappings between the remote ColdFusion server and ColdFusion Builder.

For example, if you are editing files in a ColdFusion project that points to D:\MyCoolApp and the corresponding files exist on a remote server at D:\Shared\websites\MyCoolSite. Then, create a mapping by specifying the local path as D:\MyCool App and the remote path as D:\Shared\websites\MyCoolSite.When you deploy the files to the ColdFusion server, you copy them to W:\websites\MyCoolSite\, which the ColdFusion server recognizes as D:\Shared\websites\MyCoolSite. The mapping in ColdFusion Builder specifies that the ColdFusion Builder directory is D:\MyCoolApp and the server is D:\Shared\websites\MyCoolSite. So, ColdFusion Builder translates the file path (D:\MyCoolApp\index.cfm) to a path that the ColdFusion server recognizes (D:\Shared\websites\MyCoolSite\index.cfm). To see more information about the interaction between the client and the server, add the following to the JVM arguments in the ColdFusion Administrator:


In the Navigator view, select the project or file to debug and click  in the workbench toolbar.

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