Cookbook: Setting up ColdFusion

Supporting ColdFusion with Cherokee is almost trivial.

Configuring Cherokee

Cherokee provides a wizard that will assist you on this task. You can either dedicate a new virtual server to the task, or use a preexisting one. It is your choice, since the Wizard contemplates both scenarios. For the former you’ll have to access the Wizard from the list of available ones within the Virtual Servers panel. The latter is accessed through the same list of Wizards of the Rule Management panel. This panel is accessed by visiting the Behavior tab of the selected virtual server, and triggering the Rule panel by clicking on the Rule Management button. In either case, use the Add button at the top of the panel to see the available wizards.

The wizard will simply ask for the host to be proxied and will set it up for you to see. It will automatically detect if the provided hostname:port are in fact running ColdFusion by probing for the presence of the JRun service. Should you need to add more machines to your cluster, you can add extra information sources to your Cherokee configuration and let it deal with all the load balancing.

No extra steps are necessary. If for any reason the Wizard doesn’t work for you, you can always use the manual method described below.

Manual method

Getting Cherokee to work with ColdFusion (MX 6 versions and newer) is simple and this emulates how tie-in is done with Apache and other out-of-box supported web servers.

ColdFusion (actually the JRUN Java server which Coldfusion runs on top of) processes web requests by default on port 8500.

So create as many Information Sources running ColdFusion as needed in Cherokee:

Type Nick Connection

Remote host


Remote host


Remote host


Then, add a rule to your virtual server that is managed by the HTTP reverse proxy, and assign the above mentioned sources to it.

Round robin or IPHash will work for the balancer type. It is recommended to stick with IPHash if you have multiple ColdFusion app servers behind Cherokee so that session data will be preserved by sending the user to the same backend always - thus eliminating complicated and expensive load balancing solution to accomplish the same.

That’s all there is to this.

One note: This is good for a single domain operation. If you have multiple sites that are to be handled by the same ColdFusion backend(s) you will need to modify JRUN configuration files to handle such.