Log In. So far I have the folowing code which gives me a pdf page with the message "Connection failure" on it. Thanks again!! I can't figure out how to save the PDF to a file. But I need it to be saved so I can email it as an attachment.

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This is one of the many tasks that ColdFusion happens to make very easy. By supplying the CFDocument tag with a Name attribute, Coldfusion will store the generated PDF document as a binary variable in the supplied variable name, "certificate. I'm not sure why I noticed this, but I like how the cfmail tag is sending the email from info certificiates. What exactly were you trying to spell? A little over excited for the long weekend? Just a nitpick about something we both know - but which can cause some unintended confusion in someone who isn't on his guard.

ColdFusion will store the generated PDF document as a binary value , which is referenced by the variable named "certificate". Yeah, I noticed that right after I posted the blog entry. I went back to fix it in the code and was too lazy to make the screen shot again - I had to run out for dinner plans. I see, however, now that I even misspelled the correction with in the code. Ooops :. It depends on when the "name" attribute was added.

As such, you would need to write the PDF to file and then use the File attribute instead. The content attribute is really awesome! Is possible to refer me to sample code to achieve the same result in coldfusion 7 MX?

I don't know of a way to accomplish this pre-CF8 without writing the file to disk and using the File attribute, sorry. Have you got any reference to code explaining the procedure to use cfdocument, file to disk and attach to email? I don't think I have one off hand. Just be careful about deleting the file; if you plan to delete the file right after sending out the email, you have to turn OFF spoolenable on the mail otherwise you'll delete the file before the mail goes out.

I'm following your method and trying to attach the generated pdf without using the file system at all. So no "test. Hmmm, that's really weird. I wonder if CFDocument needs file permissions even to run perhaps for scratch file space. I have not heard of that. What code item is the error being thrown on? The PDF creation? Or the email attachment? Can you see this in the stack trace?

I am as baffled as you. ColdFusion must be trying to write the PDF to a temp file or something and cannot access the file write permissions.

Very odd though. How is it possible that every time I search for completely new issues I run into with CF, you already have an article on it. Amazing my man. Keep up the good work. Your site is a valuable asset to the CF community. This shows how to embed a pdf in an outgoing email message.

How do you attach the pdf to an email message you have'nt sent yet. In other words, open your email client and pre-view what you are about to manually send, with the attachment attached to the email? Do you have an email client that is built using ColdFusion? I am confused as to what you are asking? I have implemented sending an email and attaching a dynamically created PDF on the fly, but now I want to open my email client in a coldfusion app, simple enough to open-.

Then I can send it like I normally would send an email. This also lets me make any changes to my text in the email before sending. First time posting. I got it, I'll just use the code I currently have that sends an email with the dynamic PDF attachment, but instead of sending it to the intended party, I will send it to myself, then I can preview it, and foward it to the intended recipient using the email clients send.

I wonder if I can populate the foward to variable? If you have a form where you are selecting the PDF, perhaps you could create an intermediate page after form, before sending where the uploaded PDF gets displayed in an iFrame? This way, you could have the option to "Continue send email " or "Edit Message". Hadnt worked with iframes like that, maybe I will give it a wirl. I will keep you posted. Thought I would post u back what i did.

First so u understand whats happenning, I compose an email that contains static text together with a blank pdf form that is dynamically populated with applicant information from a database query, and attached and sent to a recipient using cfmail and cfdocument tag. What I was trying to do instead of this was to provide a link using mailto: to let the user open their email client on their local machine and attach this pdf file.

This was hard to do because the pdf is created dynamically and is not saved on the server. Good article, I'm using it as a starting point for my endeavour into dynamically creating PDF's and attaching them to cfmails, all in a cfloop within a cfthread ;-. I've just tested it with some good help from Sean Daniels and Barney Boisvert to get me kickstarted and it works like a charm. Now hoping it won't affect the memory-usage too much or degrade the server-performance.

Very cool my man. As I am sure you found this out, you just have to be careful about spooling. If you're gonna email PDFs off the file system RAM or physical files , you have to be careful not to delete them before the mail has left the spool. Make that a "Remove" attribute. Posting this here mostly for other people, as it sounds like you have a lot of this figured out already:. So I guess I'm stuck with a Scheduled Task that runs once a night to clean up the temp folder or Railo.

Railo Barry unfortunately is CF 8. So I'm just gonna have to wait until the next new final release of Railo ;-. It looks like Railo doesn't have a way to attache binary variables; but, if they support the RAM disk, you should be able to use the File attribute.

Again, though, you just have to be sure to clean up after yourself. The beauty of attaching the binary PDF value using Content in CF8 is that the variable is garbage collected in the same way that any variable is garbage collected after the request is over. We ran into the same issue with attachments and sandbox security giving access denied.

Hmmm, that's a bit beyond my experience with ColdFusion setup. I don't know much anything about running parallel instances of ColdFusion.

I am running into the same sandbox access denied issue mentioned earlier by Galen. Did not work. Is there another directory I should look at? Great article. Your site is an awesome resource. I tried using the code but for some reason embedded images are not showing up in the email. Do you know why that might be?

By way of follow-up. I along with our IT staff figured out the issue. There were actually two errors being thrown although we did not discover the second until we fixed the first. The first error was the access denied message from earlier.

While I thought permissions for the CF user on the server were set, we discovered that someone had set them to not be inherited to this particular directory I haven't a clue as to why. Once we adjusted it, all was well. The second error that we ran into was revealed after the permissions were handled. I was trying to email the xls doc as an attachment and for some reason, it was not finding the cfmailparam attachment.

I discovered through trial and error that you have to use the ' ' signs around the value if it is a variable. Once I put those in, it worked. You know about "justify" bug for cfdocument, do you know how we can justify into cfdocuments?

The tag does not have an attribute called content. The valid attribute s are name, value, file, type, contentID, disposition. I know this because I've generated excel files in cf8 this way successfully.

My problem is I cannot attach the file to an email that exists in memory. At least not using this method. I just confirmed that I indeed has cf8. Above code is not working in Server5. As always, awesome! If I view the cfdocument in my browser, no problem, but when I use the method mentioned here to send it as an email attachment, the chart does not display in the attached pdf.

Instead, I get the little red cross.


Ask Ben: Creating A PDF And Attaching It To An Email Using ColdFusion

By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy , Privacy Policy , and our Terms of Service. Stack Overflow for Teams is a private, secure spot for you and your coworkers to find and share information. You'll want to specify a filename attribute, otherwise the document will just stream right to your browser. After you have saved the content as a PDF, use cfheader and cfcontent in combination to output the PDF as an attachment "Save As" and add the file to the response stream. As an aside: I'm just using file.


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For a full list of deprecated features, refer to Deprecated features. Data output tags. Note: You can specify this tag's attributes in an attributeCollection attribute whose value is a structure. Specify the structure name in the attributeCollection attribute and use the tag's attribute names as structure keys.



PDF is sent back to the browser instead of saving to a file. The cfheader tag is used to suggest a file name to the browser. The cfcontent tag is used to set the Content-Type response header that could also be done using cfheader which tells the browser that it is a PDF file. Specifies the report format. If you omit the filename attribute, ColdFusion MX streams output to the browser. Values: true false. Specifies whether ColdFusion MX overwrites an existing file.



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