How to read XLSB file 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: 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 reads XLSB file

Execute the following ColdFusion code that imports an XLSB file.

Tutorial 38

This tutorial shows how to read an Excel XLSB file in ColdFusion (the
XLSB file generated by Tutorial 29 as base template), modify
some data and save it to another XLSB file (Tutorial38 - read XLSB file.xlsb).

Tutorial 38<br>

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

<!-- Read XLSB file -->
Reading file C:\Samples\Tutorial29.xlsb<br><br>

<cfif (workbook.easy_LoadXLSBFile("C:\Samples\Tutorial29.xlsb") is True)>
    <!-- Get the table of data for the second worksheet -->
    <cfset xlsTable = workbook.easy_getSheetAt(1).easy_getExcelTable()>
    <!-- Write some data to the second sheet -->
    <cfset xlsTable.easy_getCell("A1").setValue("Data added by Tutorial38")>
    <cfloop from="0" to="4" index="column">
        <cfset xlsTable.easy_getCell(1, evaluate(column)).setValue("Data " & evaluate(column + 1))>

    <!-- Export the new XLSB file -->
    Writing file C:\Samples\Tutorial38 - read XLSB file.xlsb<br>
    <cfset ret = workbook.easy_WriteXLSBFile("C:\Samples\Tutorial38 - read XLSB file.xlsb")>
    <!-- Confirm export of Excel file -->
    <cfset sError = workbook.easy_getError()>
    <cfif (sError is "")>
            File successfully created.
            Error encountered: #sError#

        Error encountered: #workbook.easy_getError()#

<!-- 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