Can't run ColdFusion Builder 3 on OS X? Read This.

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I'm working on a new machine and as part of my install process discovered I couldn't run ColdFusion Builder 3. It had installed just fine, but running it gave me:

cfb warning

I kinda remembered this from before, but when I clicked the link I was taken to an obviously abandoned, broken page on


Nothing on that page worked so I was pretty much stuck. I reached out to Adobe (still kinda weird to think of them as someone I don't work for) and got help from Krishna Reddy on the ColdFusion team. He acknowledged this appears to be an issue and shared the right URL for downloading the proper Java bits: Java for OS X 2014-001.

Hopefully this becomes a non-issue for CFB going forward.

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Archived Comments

Comment 1 by Isaac Sunkes posted on 2/4/2015 at 5:13 PM

Interesting, I am using CFB3 on Yosemite with no issues. Maybe I already had the right Java SE runtime installed?

Comment 2 (In reply to #1) by Raymond Camden posted on 2/4/2015 at 11:05 PM

Maybe. I had installed Java for Android dev, but it wasn't good for CFB.

Comment 3 by Rob Weaver posted on 4/7/2015 at 12:23 AM

Alternatively, you can just run /Applications/ColdFusionBuilder3/ which will fire up CFBuilder with the version of Java that is already on your Mac :)

Comment 4 (In reply to #3) by Raymond Camden posted on 4/7/2015 at 1:00 AM

How would you do it so you don't have to constantly do 'show contents', etc.