How to create Excel file in ColdFusion

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

Step 1: Download and install 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.

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 after installing EasyXLS, 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 creates Excel file

Execute the following ColdFusion code that creates Excel file programmatically.

Tutorial 03

This tutorial shows how to create an Excel file (1) that has
multiple sheets (2) in ColdFusion. The created Excel file is 
empty and the next tutorial shows how to add data into sheets.

Tutorial 03<br>

<!-- Create an instance of the class that creates Excel files (1) -->
<cfobject type="java" class="EasyXLS.ExcelDocument" name="workbook" action="CREATE">

<!-- Create two sheets (2) -->
<cfset ret = workbook.easy_addWorksheet("First tab")>
<cfset ret = workbook.easy_addWorksheet("Second tab")>

<!-- Create Excel file -->
Writing file C:\Samples\Tutorial03 - create Excel file.xlsx<br>
<cfset ret = workbook.easy_WriteXLSXFile("C:\Samples\Tutorial03 - create Excel file.xlsx")>

<!-- Confirm the creation 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 - 2010
MS Excel 2013
MS Excel 2016
MS Excel 2019