Multi-Engine Support
You can specify the CFML engine via the command line arguments:
CommandBox> start cfengine=[email protected]
This will start an Adobe ColdFusion 9 server in your webroot. That's it!
By default, CommandBox uses the cfengine slug to search for the engine on ForgeBox. The format is [email protected] where the version is optional. Ortus Solutions maintains the versions of the engines available on ForgeBox.
Supported engines are:
  • Adobe ColdFusion 9 **
  • Adobe ColdFusion 10
  • Adobe ColdFusion 11
  • Adobe ColdFusion 2016
  • Adobe ColdFusion 2018
  • Railo 4.2
  • Lucee 4.5
  • Lucee 5
Here are some examples:
# Start the default engine
CommandBox> start
# Start the latest stable Railo engine
CommandBox> start cfengine=railo
# Start a specific engine and version
CommandBox> start cfengine=[email protected]
# Start the most recent Adobe server that starts with version "11"
CommandBox> start cfengine=[email protected]
# Start the most recent adobe engine that matches the range
CommandBox> start cfengine="[email protected]>9.0 <=11"
Engines are downloaded and stored in your CommandBox artifacts folder. You can view your engines and clear them using the standard artifacts commands:
CommandBox> artifacts list
# Removes all adobe servers currently in the artifacts
# These servers will need to be re-downloaded the next time they are started
CommandBox> artifacts remove adobe
** Note: Adobe ColdFusion 9 does not support Java 8. To run ColdFusion 9 you must first install Java 6 or 7. Then change the CommandBox java version, by doing one of the following:
  • Update the OS default, defined in the JAVA_HOME environment variable, with the Java 6/7 JRE directory
  • Copy the Java 6/7 JRE folder into the CommandBox installation directory, and rename the subfolder "jre".
    For example, if the new JRE is installed in C:\Program files\java\jre7 copy it to C:\CommandBox\jre
    Note: This version will take precedence over JAVA_HOME
Restart CommandBox to apply the changes.

While Lucee asks for a password the first time running the admin, ColdFusion requires a username and password when CommandBox sets it up. The default username and password for the Adobe ColdFusion servers used are:
  • Username: admin
  • Password: commandbox

Additionally, CommandBox can start any WAR given to it using the WARPath argument.
CommandBox> start WARPath=/var/www/myExplodedWAR
CommandBox> start WARPath=/var/www/myWAR.war
If you run a regular start command inside of a folder that has a /WEB-INF/web.xml file, CommandBox will treat that folder as a WAR.

The cfengine parameter can accept any valid CommandBox endpoint ID. That means it can be an HTTP URL, a Git repo, a local folder path to your company's network share, or a custom ForgeBox entry you've created. As long as that endpoint resolves to a package that contains these files, you're good:
  1. 1.
  2. 2.
    Engine.[zip|war] (file name doesn't matter)
CommandBox will download the package, unzip it and use the WAR/zip file as the engine for your app.
Normally, the artifacts cache isn't used for non-ForgeBox packages, but CommandBox will only download the engine once per server and then assume the file hasn't changed. You will need to forget the server to trigger a new download.
Here's an example of starting up a web server using a direct download link to a package containing a WAR file:
CommandBox> start cfengine=

You can set the cfengine and other related configuration options in your server.json to use them every time you start your app.
CommandBox> server set app.cfengine=adobe
CommandBox> server set app.WARPath=/var/www/my-app
These commands would create the following server.json
Just a reminder that starting a server with any command line arguments will save the arguments to your server.json by default.
CommandBox> start cfengine=[email protected]
This command would add [email protected] to your server.json. If this is not what you want, you can append saveSettings=false or even --!saveSettings when you start your server and CommandBox will not save the arguments you specify to your server.json.
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