Embedded Server

One of the most useful features of CommandBox is the ability to start an ad-hoc server quickly and easily. Any folder on your hard drive can become the web root of a server. To start up the server, cd into a directory containing some CFML code, and run the start command. An available port will be chosen by default and in a few seconds, a browser window will open showing the default document (index.cfm).

CommandBox> cd C:\sites\test
CommandBox> start

To stop the embedded server, run the stop command from the same directory.

CommandBox> stop

OS Integration

You can start as many embedded server instances as you want. Each running server will add a little green "Ortus" icon in your system tray with the logo of your currently running engine. Right click on it for options:

  • Stop Server
  • Open Browser
  • Open Admin

    System Tray Server Icons

Disable the tray icon

If you don't want the tray integration, then you can turn it off in your server.json with this setting.

server set trayEnable=false

Or turn it off at a global level in your config settings.

config set server.defaults.trayEnable=false

Full Control

CommandBox's embedded server does not require any prior installations of any CFML engine to work. It does not use Apache, IIS, or Nginx. A very lightweight Java web server called Undertow is used and a context is programmatically deployed via a WAR file.

You should still have all the options you need to set up most local development servers quickly. The web-based administrator is available to you where you can edit any setting, add data sources, CF mappings, and mail servers. To see a list of all the parameters you can pass to the server start command, refer to the CommandBox API Docs or run server start help command directly from the CLI.

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