Open CFM files

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    Adobe ColdFusion Template Format
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    Adobe Systems
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Have you encountered a problem with a CFM file? Don’t you know which program opens a file with this extension? You will find all the information you need about working with a CFM file here. In the further part of this page we have added a list of programs that should open your CFM file. It is enough you choose a proper application for your operating system, download and install it.

What is CFM file?

Files ending in CFM are source code files in the ColdFusion Markup Language. ColdFusion ML is a scripting language developed by Allaire (now part of Adobe) for server-side Internet applications. Typically, CFM files are web pages with Coldfusion script code running on a Coldfusion server. The html code is added to the file by the server so that it can be displayed to the user in a web browser.

More info

Coldfusion offers the developer a variety of functions and tags such as database queries, image manipulation and mathematical operation as well as formatting options. Coldfusion Server is few because of Adobe's proprietary license. With Railo there is also an open source server, which does not support all features and tags of Coldfusion.

CFM files are just text files that can be processed by a ColdFusion server. They can be opened and edited in any text editor, however it is recommended to use editors with developer functions such as syntax highlighting for easier work.

Programs which can open a CFM file

How to open file with CFM extension?

In order to open a file with CFM extension one of the following programs must be installed on user’s system. If a problem with opening CFM file occurred, it is highly possible that none of the listed programs is present on user’s system. Even if one or more said programs are installed, there may be issues related with given programs. In order to solve a problem with CFM files, follow the instructions below.
Install Adobe ColdFusion or other program from the list

Most often resolving problems with opening CFM files is very simple. Just install an appropriate program that supports such files. All of the listed programs support CFM files, but may vary in offered function and purpose. Some programs may be capable only of viewing contents of CFM files or offer file conversion options, but may not be capable of editing such files.

Set Adobe ColdFusion as the default program for opening CFM files

It is possible that although a compatible program has been installed on user’s system, it is not used by the system to open it. This may happen because no default application was associated with this type of files. To associate CFM files with given application, select "Open with" from drop-down menu (accessed by right-clicking on the file). Then select from the list the program or application you want to be used to open this type of file. If the Adobe ColdFusion applications is not on the list, select "Browse" option in order to manually locate the directory where Adobe ColdFusion has been installed.


Check the section that lists most common problems with CFM files

Sometimes problems with opening CFM files may not lie with the application itself, but can arise due to other causes, such as:

  • File data is corrupted
  • CFM files has been not been completely download from the internet (only a part of the data has been downloaded)
  • Currently used user account hasn’t been granted necessary privileges to open CFM files (should that be the case, please contact your system administrator or IT specialist)
  • CFM file was being copied from a corrupted storage device and is incomplete or data is corrupted. (Copying files from unknown or untrusted sources should be conducted with great care as such files may contain malicious software, which can damage your system)

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