With the recent ColdFusion 2016 release we've had a few inquiries as to our backward licensing policies.  We can license one version back for certain types of volume licenses.  Below are the relevant links and contact information to help you navigate the licensing for ColdFusion 11 if needed.


FAQ for ColdFusion:



Backward License Policy:



We will update our sales contact information on the web site and update this blog, but for now feel free to contact Kishore@adobe.com if you want to be directed to a ColdFusion sales resource to assist with further information.


18 Comments to “Adobe ColdFusion Backward Licensing”

  1. Brian Horisk
    To be clear - does this mean you cannot backwards license if you buy a single license?
  2. Matthew
    Looking for the same answer that Brian is... Does this mean there's no way for us to use CF11 now for a single Standard License? Even to upgrade our developer license that we've been, you know, developing on?
  3. Elishia Dvorak
    No, a single license can be backward licensed if it is purchased through our volume programs. If it is purchased from the online shopping cart it wouldn't qualify. Please feel free to email us if you need to discuss the possible scenarios.
  4. Mehdi
    And even for CF 10 ? Same? AS it's still supported.
  5. Elishia Dvorak
    @Mehdi, per the FAQ unfortunately CF 10 is not covered under the backward licensing. It allows only 1 version back:

    Q. Can I order more than 1 version back?
    A. Not at this time. Adobe is currently offering one version back only.

    Is there a particular issue preventing you from migrating to CF 11 or 2016? I'd like to understand. Thanks.
  6. Shawn
    Probably should let people go back to the oldest version that is still under core support. It's not our issue, but I do know we wouldn't run a bunch of different versions of CF for the same app. Maybe they take a similar line of thought, and don't have the upgrade budget to do all their systems?
  7. Aaron Neff
    Hi Adobe,

    Why would any customer want to downgrade a CF2016 license to CF11? Well:

    As you know, CF2016 shipped with a performance optimization that causes silent data corruption and messy-to-debug behavior.

    The Release Notes mention -Dcoldfusion.udf.reuseTagInstances=false as the workaround for a few specific cases.

    As you know, the Release Notes do not describe the optimization in detail. Nor does the Release Notes warn that the risk affects much more than the few cases listed. I have found/reported more cases myself. Others will just stumble into additional cases, not realizing what all the cases have in common: CF2016 is re-using "tag instances" (Adobe, you really should blog about what exactly this means).

    What the Release Notes do indicate, however, is that CF2016 knowingly shipped w/ an optimization that it shouldn't have.

    CF2016 should've had a public beta. Any CF customer would have a legitimate reason for not wanting to upgrade to CF2016 until some issues like this are fixed.

  8. Matthew
    We're on CF10, using CF11 on development for some new applications. If we want a CF11 license, are we able to get upgrade pricing when we purchase through the volume program? We're a small company, so that makes a huge difference.
  9. Aaron Neff
    Another silent corruption bug in CF2016: https://bugbase.adobe.com/index.cfm?event=bug&id=4118895

    "attributecollection broken for all tags inside a loop (silent corruption)"

    Adobe that really needs noted in the Release Notes.

  10. Henry Ho
    is there a list of CLP Resellers? CF is so unpopular I had a hard time locating them via Google.
  11. Matthew
    Still looking for an answer to #8

    "We're on CF10, using CF11 on development for some new applications. If we want a CF11 license, are we able to get upgrade pricing when we purchase through the volume program? We're a small company, so that makes a huge difference."
  12. Elishia Dvorak
    @Matthew, yes please email Kishore@adobe.Com and we'll get you an upgrade quote.

    Others, please contact us if you need a CF 11 licence and we'll handle it.
  13. David Tattersall
    Intergral - makers of FusionReactor - are also an Adobe ColdFusion Authorized Global Re-seller and we offer some great prices on all CF products and can also sell CF with Platinum Support (http://adobe.ly/1VcKZbm)
    Take a look here http://www.buy-adobe-software.com
  14. Aaron Neff

    Please disregard my comment #9. I was mistaken, sorry. 4118895 is not a regression in CF2016 b/c the issue also exists in CF11.

  15. Henry Ho
    Backward License Policy URL is now broken.
  16. Dawes
    Just make sure you buy any upgrade through the USA store if in the UK or AU.. otherwise you're being raped blind with the upgrade cost.(extra 40% for downloading from the same download server)
  17. Shawn
    So why are you saying they tack on 40%? Is that the dollar exchange or are you saying they add on 40% in USD for the ownership clause you mentioned in a previous post?
  18. Ezequiel Gioia
    Could you please fix Backward License Polic link?


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