How to Add a ColdFusion Datasource in the ColdFusion Administrator


One of the core features of ColdFusion is its ability to seamlessly integrate with various databases. Connecting your ColdFusion application to a database typically involves defining a datasource in the ColdFusion Administrator. The goal of this article will be to walk you through the steps required to add a new data source to your ColdFusion environment.

  1. ColdFusion Server installed
  2. ColdFusion Administrator credentials
  3. Database Server details (e.g., MySQL, Oracle, MS SQL, etc.)

Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1: Access the ColdFusion Administrator

  1. Remote into your Coldfusion server.

  2. Open a web browser and navigate to your ColdFusion Administrator login page. The URL is typically

  3. Enter your ColdFusion Administrator username and password to login.

Step 2: Navigate to the Datasource Section

  1. Once logged in, you’ll be presented with a list of sections. Select “Data & Services.”

  2. The “Data Sources” section should open by default. If not, select that section.

Step 3: Adding a New Datasource

  1. In the “Datasource Name” field, enter a name for the datasource. This name will be used in your ColdFusion application to reference this specific datasource.

  2. Select the type of the datasource you want to add (MySQL, Oracle, MS SQL Server, etc.) from the drop-down list.

  3. Click the “Add” button to proceed to the configuration section for the new datasource.

Step 4: Configure the Database Settings

  1. After specifying the datasource name and type, you’ll be presented with fields for database settings, such as server name, database name, username, and password.

  2. Fill in the details:

  • Server: The hostname or IP address of the server the database is located on.
  • Database: The name of the database you want to connect to.
  • Username: The database username.
  • Password: The database password.
  1. Some databases might have additional options like port numbers or advanced settings. Fill them in as necessary.

Step 5: Test the Datasource

  1. Once the datasource has been saved, it’s a good idea to test the connection.

  2. Click the check mark button next to the datasource in question to verify the connection. Alternatively, if you have multiple datasources to check, you can use the “Verify All Connections” button.

  3. If the test fails, double-check your database settings. If it succeeds, you’re good to go.


Adding a datasource in the ColdFusion Administrator is an essential step when developing data-driven web applications using ColdFusion. With the datasource properly configured, you can now begin to interact with your database using ColdFusion’s rich set of tags and functions designed for data manipulation and retrieval.