How to add formulas in cells in ColdFusion

EasyXLS Excel library can be used to export Excel files in ColdFusion. The library works without MS Excel installed.

Step 1: Download EasyXLS Excel Library for Java

To download the trial version of EasyXLS Excel Library, press the below button:

Download EasyXLS™ Excel Library for Coldfusion

If you already own a license key, you may login and download EasyXLS from your account.

Install the downloaded EasyXLS installer for v8.6 or earlier.

Step 2: Add EasyXLS library to CLASSPATH in ColdFusion Administator

EasyXLS.jar must be included to class path for Java runtime environment.

EasyXLS.jar can be found:
- Inside the downloaded archive at Step 1 for EasyXLS v9.0 or later
- Under installation path for EasyXLS v8.6 or earlier, in "Lib" folder.

Add EasyXLS library to CLASSPATH

Another solution is to add EasyXLS.jar to "lib" folder from ColdFusion installation path.

Step 3: Run ColdFusion code that adds formula to Excel cell

Execute the following ColdFusion code that exports an Excel file with formulas.

Tutorial 11

This tutorial shows how to create an Excel file in ColdFusion that
has a cell that contains SUM formula for a range of cells.

Tutorial 11<br>

<!-- Create an instance of the class that exports Excel files -->
<cfobject type="java" class="EasyXLS.ExcelDocument" name="workbook" action="CREATE">

<!-- Add a worksheet -->
<cfset ret = workbook.easy_addWorksheet("Formula")>

<!-- Get the table of data for the sheet, add data in sheet and the formula -->
<cfset xlsTable = workbook.easy_getSheet("Formula").easy_getExcelTable()>
<cfset xlsTable.easy_getCell("A1").setValue("1")>
<cfset xlsTable.easy_getCell("A2").setValue("2")>
<cfset xlsTable.easy_getCell("A3").setValue("3")>
<cfset xlsTable.easy_getCell("A4").setValue("4")>
<cfset xlsTable.easy_getCell("A6").setValue("=SUM(A1:A4)")>

<!-- Export Excel file -->
Writing file C:\Samples\Tutorial11 - formulas in Excel.xlsx<br>
<cfset ret = workbook.easy_WriteXLSXFile("C:\Samples\Tutorial11 - formulas in Excel.xlsx")>

<!-- Confirm export of Excel file -->
<cfset sError = workbook.easy_getError()>
<cfif (sError is "")>
        File successfully created.
        Error encountered: #sError#

<!-- Dispose memory -->
<cfset workbook.Dispose()>

EasyXLS Excel libraries:

Excel Library for ColdFusion
full Java version to import, export or convert Excel files
Excel Writer for ColdFusion
Java version to create and export Excel files
Download EasyXLS™ Excel Library for ColdFusion

File formats:

MS Excel 97 - 2003
MS Excel 2007 - 2019
MS Excel 2021
Office 365