ColdFusion 11 and ColdFusion Builder 3 Released

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Honestly, the title says it all. ;) Today we released the latest versions of ColdFusion and ColdFusion Builder. You can see more at the product home page including a video with some scary hairy guy in it. (Hint: Me.) I don't know if we have a specific doc about what changed from the public beta to release, but things did change.

One big example is the addition of application specific DSNs, something people have been asking for since dinosaurs ruled the world.

I also recommend reviewing the language enhancements doc as well, as it neatly summarizes the various language level updates in ColdFusion 11.

And as I've said a few times now - if you stopped using ColdFusion Builder in the past - you should really give it another look. I think I've said this before, but it has replaced Sublime as my ColdFusion editor. I still use Brackets as my primary editor, and I like using Sublime for quick ad hoc edits, but CFB is now one of my favorite tools.

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Archived Comments

Comment 1 by Mikel posted on 4/29/2014 at 5:19 PM

Wow, very exciting stuff :)

Comment 2 by Robert Zehnder posted on 4/29/2014 at 6:33 PM

I will have to checkout CF Builder but it will be hard sell to switch from ST3.

Comment 3 by Ryan posted on 4/29/2014 at 8:52 PM

Something that I missed at first, but is important to note, you get CF Builder with your server purchase. From the ColdFusion Blog; "With one copy of ColdFusion Standard, you get one license of ColdFusion Builder 3 and with one copy of ColdFusion Enterprise, you get three copies of ColdFusion Builder 3."

Comment 4 by Raymond Camden posted on 4/29/2014 at 10:05 PM

@Ryan: I think that was the deal last time too.

Comment 5 by Andy K posted on 4/30/2014 at 12:14 AM

There used to be a link showing the differences between the std and the (free) express editions but I do not see that for CFB3? Are you aware of a link outlining those differences?

Comment 6 by Raymond Camden posted on 4/30/2014 at 12:18 AM

Did you mean CF or CFB? For CF, it is here: There is also a PDF there w/ more details.

CFB has 2 versions, paid and free. I don't know where that doc is, but the differences did not change. The post here should detail it:

Comment 7 by Andy K posted on 4/30/2014 at 1:36 AM

I meant the differences for Builder between paid v. express in version 3. I have (multiple) CFB 2 licenses but find I do not use many of the paid features so am trying to see if I'd be better off with CFB2 full version or CFB3 express. It's unlikely that I'd be interested in paying the upgrade price from CFB2 to CFB3 though...

Comment 8 by Raymond Camden posted on 4/30/2014 at 1:43 AM

Ok, as I said in the second paragraph, I don't see a *new* document, so I think the old changes are the same.

Comment 9 by Andy Idema posted on 4/30/2014 at 9:45 PM

Congratulations on the releases! I'll put in my requests right now with procurement. :D

Comment 10 by misty posted on 4/30/2014 at 11:29 PM

Nothing against it, I am excited, but they should have given some more time to cf server for integrated and regression testing, but well don't know after using will be able to see what it is up. I am definitely not gonna use mobile applications with it, i am happy with jquery mobile

Thanks Adobe for this

Comment 11 by Bret posted on 5/2/2014 at 4:16 PM

Ray...this might be a worthwhile post idea for you: CF11 appears to break FW/1.

Comment 12 by Raymond Camden posted on 5/2/2014 at 4:18 PM

I saw the bug last night. It is truly disappointing. :\ Not sure what I'd blog though?

Comment 13 by Gareth Arch posted on 5/27/2014 at 9:42 PM

In the Beta, there was a 64 bit standalone windows version of CFB3. There doesn't appear to be a download for that version any more (and was fantastic compared to the 32 bit version on my system). Do you know if they still offer that version for download somewhere?

Comment 14 by Raymond Camden posted on 5/27/2014 at 9:46 PM

I'm checking into it. CFB was updated very recently, but we haven't posted WHY it was updated. I know a bit, but not all - so trying to get details.

Comment 15 by Sean Corfield posted on 6/9/2014 at 3:40 AM

Re: CFB 3 paid vs free - I guess the main question folks would have would be around the new-in-3 mobile features (PhoneGap Build packaging/integration). Any news on that?

Comment 16 by Raymond Camden posted on 6/9/2014 at 3:52 AM

I just checked, and all I see is this (, which compares CFB3 to 2. I'll keep digging and try to get a firm answer.

Comment 17 by Raymond Camden posted on 6/9/2014 at 3:56 AM

Ok, I found it:

Mobile is not mentioned *at all*, which seems to imply it is included, but I've asked to have this confirmed.

Comment 18 by Sean Corfield posted on 6/9/2014 at 7:39 AM

Thank your for checking. I couldn't find anything one way or the other after quite a bit of Googling, which is why I figured I'd ask an "insider" :)

Comment 19 by Raymond Camden posted on 6/9/2014 at 8:17 AM

Unfortunately, I've got bad news. Just got clarification:

"Mobile development, inspection, debugging and packaging are not available
in the express edition. You won┬╣t be able to create mobile project in that

To be fair, I can see the mobile stuff being on the paid tier.

Also, the team knows the doc is out of date and are working to update it.

Comment 20 by Sean Corfield posted on 6/9/2014 at 8:25 AM

No problem. That's exactly what I expected. Thank you for confirming that.

Comment 21 by Jim Ward posted on 6/19/2014 at 6:33 PM


Any word on the 64 bit Coldfusion Builder 3 download? It doesn't make any sense to me not to have a 64 bit version. There is one for Linux, but not for Windows.

Also, the Coldfusion documentation wiki is down with a nullpointerexception error. Thanks.

Comment 22 by Jim Ward posted on 6/19/2014 at 8:50 PM

Ok, I figured it out. There was a comment on Adam Cameron's blog. After installing Coldfusion Builder 3 into Eclipse in a 64 bit environment, you have to delete the jre directory under the eclipse directory that ColdFusion Builder installs. After that it works.

Comment 23 by Raymond Camden posted on 6/20/2014 at 6:24 AM

Adam has taken the crown of King CF Blogger. I'll happily be #2. ;)

Comment 24 by Jim Ward posted on 6/20/2014 at 5:24 PM

Though this is really a bug so I logged it as bug # 3779201 if anyone wants to vote for it.

Comment 25 by James Carberry posted on 7/8/2014 at 1:05 AM

Any idea if you can do an "in place" upgrade of CF10 to CF11? (we're on Windows and using Apache 2.2.22). If so, how does one go about it? (e.g. does the installation/setup detect existing version and upgrade?)

Comment 26 by Raymond Camden posted on 7/8/2014 at 1:20 AM

It depends on what you mean by in place. It will NOT replace the current install. It installs in it's own folder. It can suck in settings from the previous version. I am *not* aware of what it will do with the web server connector. Ie, will it auto remove the old one.

Comment 27 by Gareth Arch posted on 8/15/2014 at 8:33 PM

Figured I would add to the comments after I asked about the 64 bit Windows install. Looks like Adobe updated the site now, and has a 64-bit installer for Windows. Excellent!

Comment 28 by Henry posted on 9/11/2015 at 5:11 AM

hi, I'm using ColdFusion 11 server standard, fully licensed version, at work.. how/where do I get a key to register trial version of builder 3 to full? Thought the server key may work.. but it does not.. thanks.

Comment 29 (In reply to #28) by Raymond Camden posted on 9/11/2015 at 5:16 AM

Try asking @anitkumar85 on Twitter.