Install ColdFusion 11 on Ubuntu

This guide was created using Ubuntu 14.04.3 LTS (Trusty Tahr).

Recently, I was tasked with installing ColdFusion 11 on an Ubuntu server and never having dealt with Linux in any meaningful way I discovered that the existing installation guides dealt with older versions of ColdFusion (versions 8 or 9). As such, the guides were missing certain steps that was added in newer versions of the ColdFusion installer. This is my attempt to create a current guide for installing ColdFusion 11 on Ubuntu.

ColdFusion 11 requires that libstdc++5 be installed before installation. In the console, type the following two commands to check if libstdc++5 is installed. If not, then it will install it:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install libstdc++5
Also insure that Apache2 is installed. Type the following command in the console.
sudo apt-get-install apache2

Run the ColdFusion 11 Installer

Type the following command in the console:

sudo ./ColdFusion_11_WWE_linux64.bin

You will need to accept the agreements to continue (Press Enter approximately 35 times).

Install Type

Select the appropriate installation type. Press Enter

Installer Configuration

Installer Configuration

Select 1, “Server Configuration”

ColdFusion Server Profile

ColdFusion Server Profile

For a production environment, choose 1 or 2. Otherwise, Choose 3. Press Enter. Note: Option 1, “Production Profile + Secure Profile”, will have additional steps not covered in this guide.

Sub-Components Installation

Sub-Components Installation

Install the sub-components you require. If not needed, I recommend deselecting “SOLR Service” and “Admin Component for Remote Start/Stop”, and keeping “PDFG Service” and “Start ColdFusion on system init”.

Access Add-on Service Remotely

I recommend choosing the default option (N). Press Enter.

Choose Install Folder

I recommend choosing the default option. Press Enter.

ColdFusion 11 Add-on Services

I recommend choosing the default option. Press Enter.

Earlier Version of Adobe ColdFusion installed?

This guide assumes we are installing on a clean server. Select 2 and press Enter.

Configure Web Servers

Configure Web Servers — Step 1
  • Select 1, “Add Web Server Configuration”.
  • Select 1, “Apache”
Configure Web Servers — Step 2

Enter /etc/apache2

Configure Web Servers — Step 3

Enter /usr/sbin/apache2ctl

Configure Web Servers — Step 4

Enter /etc/init.d/apache

Configure Web Servers — Step 5

Select 4. Press Enter.

Configure WebSocket Proxy for selected web server/websites

Unless required for your installation, select N. Otherwise, select Y. (This guide assumes this is not required). Press Enter.

Runtime User

For the purposes of this guide, we select the default (nobody).

Configure ColdFusion with OpenOffice

Use the default choice (2), unless OpenOffice is required for your installation.

Administrator Password

Choose a password for the ColdFusion Administrator.

Enable RDS

I recommend not enabling RDS unless you are setting up a development server. Even then, I would make sure it will be used by your developers.

Server Updates

Use the default (Y) and press Enter.

Pre-Installation Summary

Review the installation configuration and press Enter.

Once the installation is complete, navigate to /opt/coldfusion11/cfusion/bin and type sudo ./coldfusion start

Final Steps

Log in to the CF Administrator at http://<ip_address>/CFIDE/Administrator/index.cfm with the password you chose during installation. Once you receive the Setup Complete screen, click the OK button.

Select Server Update | Update located at the bottom of the left-hand menu and install the latest update. Once the update is successfully installed, return to Server Update | Update and choose the Settings tab and ensure that “Automatically Check for Updates” is selected.

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