How to create conditional formatting 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: License file setup

Step required for EasyXLS v9.0 or later.

If you are using a trial, generate a trial license file from EasyXLS trials page. The trial license is valid for 30-days.

If you own a license key, you may login to the account that purchased the license and generate the license file from:

Setup the license file into your project using these guidelines.

Step 3: 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 4: Run ColdFusion code that creates conditional formatting in Excel cells

Execute the following ColdFusion code that exports an Excel file and sets conditional formatting to a range. The first step is to set the range where the conditional formatting will be applied, then set the formatting options.

Tutorial 14

This tutorial shows how to create an Excel file in ColdFusion  
having a sheet and conditional formatting for cell ranges.

<!-- Constants Classes -->
<cfobject type="java" class="EasyXLS.Constants.DataType" name="DataType" action="CREATE">
<cfobject type="java" class="EasyXLS.Constants.ConditionalFormatting" name="ConditionalFormatting" action="CREATE">
<cfobject type="java" class="EasyXLS.Constants.FontSettings" name="FontSettings" action="CREATE">
<cfobject type="java" class="EasyXLS.Constants.Border" name="Border" action="CREATE">
<cfobject type="java" class="java.awt.Color" name="Color" action="CREATE">

Tutorial 14<br>

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

<!-- Add a worksheet -->
<cfset ret = workbook.easy_addWorksheet("Sheet1")>

<!-- Get the table of data for the first worksheet -->
<cfset xlsTab = workbook.easy_getSheet("Sheet1")>
<cfset xlsTable = xlsTab.easy_getExcelTable()>

<!-- Add data in cells -->
<cfloop from="0" to="5" index="i">
    <cfloop from="0" to="3" index="j">
        <cfif ((i lt 2) and (j lt 2))>
            <cfset xlsTable.easy_getCell(evaluate(i), evaluate(j)).setValue("12")>
        <cfelseif ((j eq 2) and (i lt 2))>
            <cfset xlsTable.easy_getCell(evaluate(i), evaluate(j)).setValue("1000")>
            <cfset xlsTable.easy_getCell(evaluate(i), evaluate(j)).setValue("9")>
        <cfset xlsTable.easy_getCell(evaluate(i), evaluate(j)).setDataType(DataType.NUMERIC)>

<!-- Set conditional formatting -->
<cfset xlsTab.easy_addConditionalFormatting("A1:C3", ConditionalFormatting.OPERATOR_BETWEEN, 
                            "=9", "=11", true, true, Color.RED)>

<!-- Set another conditional formatting -->
<cfset xlsTab.easy_addConditionalFormatting("A6:C6", ConditionalFormatting.OPERATOR_BETWEEN, 
                            "=COS(PI())+2", "", Color.ORANGE)>
<cfset xlsTab.easy_getConditionalFormattingAt("A6:C6").getConditionAt(0).setConditionType(

<!-- Export Excel file -->
Writing file C:\Samples\Tutorial14 - conditional formatting in Excel.xlsx<br>
<cfset ret = workbook.easy_WriteXLSXFile("C:\Samples\Tutorial14 - conditional formatting 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:

Office 365
MS Excel 2021 - 2024
MS Excel 2007 - 2019
MS Excel 97 - 2003