How to import Excel sheet data to ResultSet in ColdFusion

EasyXLS Excel library can be used to import 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 imports Excel sheet data to List

Execute the following ColdFusion code that imports Excel sheet to List.

Tutorial 35

This tutorial shows how to import Excel sheet to DataSet in ColdFusion.
The data is imported from a specific Excel sheet (For this example 
we use the Excel file generated in Tutorial 09).

Tutorial 35<br>

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

<!-- Import Excel sheet to ResultSet -->
Reading file C:\Samples\Tutorial09.xlsx<br><br>
<cfset rs = workbook.easy_ReadXLSXSheet_AsResultSet("C:\Samples\Tutorial09.xlsx", "First Tab")>

<!-- Confirm import of Excl file -->
<cfset sError = workbook.easy_getError()>
<cfif (sError is "")>
        <!-- Display imported ResultSet values --> 
        <cfset row = 0>
        <cfloop condition="#rs.next()#">
            <cfset columnCount = rs.getMetaData().getColumnCount()>
            <cfloop from="1" to="#columnCount#" index="column">
                    At row #evaluate(row + 1)#, column #evaluate(column)# the value is 
            <cfset row = row + 1>
        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 Reader for ColdFusion
Java version to read and import Excel files
Download EasyXLS™ Excel Library for ColdFusion

File formats:

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