Adobe ColdFusion 8

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Create better Internet applications quickly and easily

Adobe® ColdFusion® 8 software solves the day-to-day challenges of Internet application development, allowing you to be extremely productive as you create and deliver engaging online applications. And because it fits into any IT environment, you can use ColdFusion 8 for everything from small departmental applications to highly scalable, reliable implementations of your most important business applications.

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With a host of new features, dramatically improved performance and scalability, and easier integration with enterprise IT environments, Adobe ColdFusion 8 is a must-have release for ColdFusion developers.

New in ColdFusion 8

Server Monitor

See exactly what's happening in your application to help identify bottlenecks and tune the server for better performance. ColdFusion 8 also features a Multiserver Monitor to gain insight on all servers in a cluster.

PDF features

ColdFusion 8 applications can dynamically generate and interact with PDF documents and forms for a printable, portable way to intelligently capture and share information.

Ajax features

ColdFusion 8 can easily provide data to existing Ajax applications and frameworks. You can use simple tags to access a large library of prebuilt Ajax user interface components such as rich text editors, data grids, tree controls, tab navigators, and more.

.NET integration

With ColdFusion 8, you can specify any .NET object — either local or remote — and use it in your ColdFusion application, just like any Java™ or other object resource.

Microsoft Exchange Server integration

Programmatically interact with a Microsoft Exchange server to perform common tasks such as reading, creating, and modifying calendar events, contacts, tasks, and e-mail.

Interactive debugger

ColdFusion 8 introduces an Eclipse™ plug-in debugger. Use it to set breakpoints, watch variables, and step through code, making it easier to debug all your application code.

All new features


ColdFusion 8 Demos

Working with PDF forms

See how ColdFusion 8 allows you to populate and extract data from PDF forms for a printable, portable way to share information and collect data from application users.

More ColdFusion 8 demos

Customer stories

Hear what developers are saying about ColdFusion 8

Hear what developers are saying about ColdFusion 8

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What is Adobe ColdFusion?

Adobe ColdFusion software makes Internet application development and deployment faster and easier than any other solution available today. More than 300,000 developers at over 10,000 companies worldwide rely on ColdFusion to quickly build and deploy powerful Internet applications, making ColdFusion one of the most widely adopted web technologies in the industry.

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Product history

As the world's first commercially available web application server when it shipped in 1995, Macromedia® ColdFusion dramatically simplified the process of dynamically publishing database content on web pages. In subsequent releases, the functionality of ColdFusion expanded beyond database connectivity to include a broad collection of out-of-the-box services for building all kinds of Internet applications.

Now in the Adobe product family, ColdFusion continues to get better with every release. Backed by the innovative culture and R&D investment of an industry leader like Adobe, ColdFusion offers developers a unique way to solve today's Internet application challenges. And it does so with the same benefits of simplicity and productivity that have been a hallmark of ColdFusion since 1995.

Getting started with ColdFusion 8

Explore ColdFusion - Getting Started Experience

Explore ColdFusion 8

Experience the power that ColdFusion has to offer by browsing code snippets, examining sample applications, and seeing new features in action in this online version of the in-product Getting Started Experience.

Developer Center

Read articles and discover sample applications and tutorials specifically designed for new ColdFusion developers.

Features and benefits

Some key capabilities of ColdFusion include:

Easy and productive

ColdFusion is simpler to use and requires less code than alternative solutions.


ColdFusion runs natively on J2EE application servers and can easily extend or integrate with Java, .NET, Microsoft Exchange Server, web services, and more. It's your bridge between the Internet and nearly all enterprise data and infrastructure services.

Feature rich

Out of the box, ColdFusion offers unique features, not included with other technologies, to help you build better Internet applications. You can use PDF documents and forms, create rich Internet applications with Adobe Flex™ or Ajax, create structured reports for the web or other office document formats, implement full text searching, and more.

What's new in ColdFusion 8

A host of new features, dramatically improved performance and scalability, and easier integration with enterprise IT environments all make ColdFusion 8 a must-have release.

New features in ColdFusion 8

Why upgrade

Make life easier

Adobe ColdFusion 8 is a must-have release for you, your clients, and your boss.

Use this ColdFusion Evangelism Kit to help make the case for ColdFusion at your organization

Eight new capabilities in ColdFusion 8 that make development easier for you:

  1. Interactive debugger
  2. Server Monitor diagnostics
  3. Image manipulation
  4. CFC improvements
  5. CFML improvements
  6. ZIP and JAR file features
  7. Per-application settings
  8. Multi-threaded processing

Eight new capabilities in ColdFusion 8 that improve applications for your clients:

  1. Ajax features
  2. PDF forms and documents
  3. Reporting enhancements
  4. Presentations on demand
  5. Adobe Flex integration
  6. RSS and Atom feeds
  7. Exchange Server integration
  8. Improved performance

Eight new capabilities in ColdFusion 8 that please and appease your boss:

  1. Improved performance
  2. Server monitoring
  3. .NET integration
  4. JBoss support
  5. Strong encryption libraries
  6. .NET object support
  7. VMware support
  8. Administrator and RDS account sandboxing

See all the new features in ColdFusion 8

View demos of the new functionalities in ColdFusion 8