CFM File Extension

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ColdFusion Markup Format
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    Adobe Systems
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    3 (3 votes)

What is CFM file?

CFM is the abbreviation of ColdFusion Markup Language. It is a scripting language which is solely used for website development and it runs on Google App Engine and .NET framework. Generally it is used with HTML to add database commands, high level formatting instructions, and conditional operators along with other features which collectively are used to develop web based applications.

In case of developing dynamic web pages instead of static ones, most web designers or developers use ColdFusion Markup Language to add details to the web page to introduce flash content and interactive elements. These files can be opened by ColdFusion application.

Programs which support CFM file extension

Below you will find an index of software programs that can be used to open CFM files divided into 3 categories according to system platform supported. Files with CFM suffix can be copied to any mobile device or system platform, but it may not be possible to open them properly on target system.

How to open file with CFM extension?

Being unable to open files with CFM extension can be have various origins. What is important, all common issues related to files with CFM extension can be resolved by the users themselves. The process is quick and doesn’t involve an IT expert. The following is a list of guidelines that will help you identify and solve file-related problems.

Step 1. Get the Adobe ColdFusion

Problems with opening and working with CFM files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with CFM files being present on your machine. This one is an easy one. Select Adobe ColdFusion or one of the recommended programs (for example, Adobe Dreamweaver, BlueDragon, Railo) and download it from appropriate source and install on your system. On the top of the page a list that contains all programs grouped based on operating systems supported can be found. One of the most risk-free method of downloading software is using links provided by official distributors. Visit Adobe ColdFusion website and download the installer.

Step 2. Verify the you have the latest version of Adobe ColdFusion

You still cannot access CFM files although Adobe ColdFusion is installed on your system? Make sure that the software is up to date. Sometimes software developers introduce new formats in place of that already supports along with newer versions of their applications. This can be one of the causes why CFM files are not compatible with Adobe ColdFusion. The most recent version of Adobe ColdFusion is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.

Step 3. Assign Adobe ColdFusion to CFM files

After installing Adobe ColdFusion (the most recent version) make sure that it is set as the default application to open CFM files. The method is quite simple and varies little across operating systems.

The procedure to change the default program in Windows

  • Choose the Open with entry from the file menu accessed by right-mouse clicking on the CFM file
  • Select Choose another app → More apps
  • Finally select Look for another app on this PC, point to the folder where Adobe ColdFusion is installed, check the Always use this app to open CFM files box and conform your selection by clicking OK button

The procedure to change the default program in Mac OS

  • Right-click the CFM file and select Information
  • Find the Open with option – click the title if its hidden
  • Select the appropriate software and save your settings by clicking Change all
  • A message window should appear informing that This change will be applied to all files with CFM extension. By clicking Continue you confirm your selection.

Step 4. Check the CFM for errors

If you followed the instructions form the previous steps yet the issue is still not solved, you should verify the CFM file in question. It is probable that the file is corrupted and thus cannot be accessed.

1. Verify that the CFM in question is not infected with a computer virus

If the CFM is indeed infected, it is possible that the malware is blocking it from opening. It is advised to scan the system for viruses and malware as soon as possible or use an online antivirus scanner. If the CFM file is indeed infected follow the instructions below.

2. Check whether the file is corrupted or damaged

If you obtained the problematic CFM file from a third party, ask them to supply you with another copy. The file might have been copied erroneously and the data lost integrity, which precludes from accessing the file. It could happen the the download process of file with CFM extension was interrupted and the file data is defective. Download the file again from the same source.

3. Verify whether your account has administrative rights

Some files require elevated access rights to open them. Switch to an account that has required privileges and try opening the ColdFusion Markup Format file again.

4. Check whether your system can handle Adobe ColdFusion

If the systems has insufficient resources to open CFM files, try closing all currently running applications and try again.

5. Ensure that you have the latest drivers and system updates and patches installed

Latest versions of programs and drivers may help you solve problems with ColdFusion Markup Format files and ensure security of your device and operating system. Outdated drivers or software may have caused the inability to use a peripheral device needed to handle CFM files.

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