Passes queries or SQL statements to a data source.

Adobe recommends that you use the cfqueryparam tag within every cfquery tag, to help secure your databases from unauthorized users. For more information, see Security Bulletin ASB99-04, "Multiple SQL Statements in Dynamic Queries," in the Security Zone,, and Accessing and Retrieving Data in the Developing ColdFusion Applications.


Database manipulation tags


    name = "query name" 
    blockFactor = "block size" 
    cachedAfter = "date"  
    cachedWithin = "timespan" 
    dataSource = "data source name" 
    dbtype = "query" 
    debug = "yes|no" 
    maxRows = "number" 
    password = "password" 
    result = "result name" 
    timeout = "seconds" 
    username = "user name"> 
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.

See also

cfdbinfo, cfinsert, cfprocparam, cfprocresult, cfqueryparam, cfstoredproc, cftransaction, cfupdate; Optimizing database use in the Developing ColdFusion Applications


ColdFusion 9: Datasource attribute is optional now.

ColdFusion 8: Added the result variable that specifies the ID of a row.

ColdFusion MX 7:

  • Added the result attribute for specifying an alternate name for the structure that holds the result variables.

  • Added result variables for the SQL statement executed (sql), the number of records returned (recordcount), whether the query was cached (cached), an array of cfqueryparam values (sqlparameters), and the list of columns in the returned query (columnlist).

ColdFusion MX:

  • Changed Query of Queries behavior: it now supports a larger subset of standard SQL.

  • Changed dot notation support: ColdFusion now supports dot notation within a record set name. ColdFusion interprets such a name as a structure.

  • Deprecated the connectString, dbName, dbServer, provider, providerDSN, and sql attributes, and all values of the dbtype attribute except query. They do not work, and might cause an error, in releases later than ColdFusion 5.

  • New query object variable: cfquery.ExecutionTime.

  • No longer supports native drivers. It now uses JDBC (and ODBC-JDBC bridge) for database connectivity.








Name of query. Used in page to reference query record set. Must begin with a letter. Can include letters, numbers, and underscores.




Maximum rows to get at a time from server. Range: 1 - 100. Might not be supported by some database systems.



Date value (for example, April 16, 1999, 4-16-99). If date of original query is after this date, ColdFusion uses cached query data. To use cached data, current query must use same SQL statement, data source, query name, user name, password.

A date/time object is in the range 100 AD–9999 AD.

When specifying a date value as a string, enclose it in quotation marks.



Timespan, using the CreateTimeSpan function. If original query date falls within the time span, cached query data is used. CreateTimeSpan defines a period from the present, back. Takes effect only if query caching is enabled in the Administrator.

To use cached data, the current query must use the same SQL statement, data source, query name, user name, and password.



The Datasource attribute is now optional. If omitted, the query uses the datasource specified in the application. If it is not specified in either places, then the error will be thrown.



Results of a query as input. Specify either dbtype or dataSource.


Optional; value and equals sign may be omitted

  • yes, or if omitted: if debugging is enabled, but the Administrator Database Activity option is not enabled, displays SQL submitted to the data source and number of records returned by query.

  • no: if the Administrator Database Activity option is enabled, suppresses display.



-1 (All)

Maximum number of rows to return in record set.



Overrides the password in the data source setup.



Name for the structure in which cfquery returns the result variables. For more information, see Usage.



Maximum number of seconds that each action of a query is permitted to execute before returning an error. The cumulative time may exceed this value.

For JDBC statements, ColdFusion sets this attribute. For other drivers, see the driver documentation.



Overrides user name in the data source setup.


Use this tag to execute a SQL statement against a ColdFusion data source. Although you can use the cfquery tag to execute any SQL Data Definition Language (DDL) or Data Manipulation Language (DML) statement, you typically use it to execute a SQL SELECT statement.

Note: To call a stored procedure, use the cfstoredproc tag.

This tag creates a query object, providing this information in query variables:

Variable name



Current row of query that cfoutput is processing.


Comma-separated list of the query columns.


Number of records (rows) returned from the query.

The cfquery tag also returns the following result variables in a structure. You can access these variables with a prefix of the name you specified in the result attribute. For example, if you assign the name myResult to the result attribute, you would retrieve the name of the SQL statement that was executed by accessing #myResult.sql#. The result attribute provides a way for functions or CFCs that are called from multiple pages, possibly at the same time, to avoid overwriting results of one call with another. The result variable of INSERT queries contains a key-value pair that is the automatically generated ID of the inserted row; this is available only for databases that support this feature. If more than one record was inserted, the value can be a list of IDs. The key name is database-specific.

Variable name



The SQL statement that was executed.


Number of records (rows) returned from the query.


True if the query was cached; False otherwise.


An ordered Array of cfqueryparam values.


Comma-separated list of the query columns.


Cumulative time required to process the query.


SQL Server only. The ID of an inserted row.


Oracle only. The ID of an inserted row. This is not the primary key of the row, although you can retrieve rows based on this ID.


Sybase only. The ID of an inserted row.


Informix only. The ID of an inserted row.


MySQL only. The ID of an inserted row. MySQL 3 does not support this feature.

You can cache query results and execute stored procedures. For information about this and about displaying cfquery output, see the Developing ColdFusion Applications.

Because the timeout attribute only affects the maximum time for each suboperation of a query, the cumulative time may exceed its value. To set a timeout for a page that might get a very large result set, set the Administrator > Server Settings > Timeout Requests option to an appropriate value or use the RequestTimeout attribute of the cfsetting tag (for example, <cfsettingrequestTimeout="300">).

The Caching page of the ColdFusion Administrator specifies the maximum number of cached queries. Setting this value to 0 disables query caching.

You cannot use ColdFusion reserved words as query names.

You cannot use SQL reserved words as variable or column names in a Query of Queries, unless they are escaped. The escape character is the bracket []; for example:


For a list of reserved keywords in ColdFusion, see Escaping reserved keywords in the Developing ColdFusion Applications.


<!--- This example shows the use of CreateTimeSpan with CFQUERY ------> 
<!--- to cache a record set. Define startrow and maxrows to ----> 
<!--- facilitate 'next N' style browsing. ----> 
<cfparam name="MaxRows" default="10"> 
<cfparam name="StartRow" default="1"> 
Query database for information if cached database information has 
not been updated in the last six hours; otherwise, use cached data. 
    name="GetParks" datasource="cfdocexamples"  
    cachedwithin="#CreateTimeSpan(0, 6, 0, 0)#"> 
    FROM Parks 
    ORDER BY ParkName, State 
<!--- Build HTML table to display query. -------------------------> 
<table cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1"> 
        <td bgcolor="f0f0f0"> 
        <td bgcolor="f0f0f0"> 
            <b><i>Park Name</i></b> 
        <td bgcolor="f0f0f0"> 
        <td bgcolor="f0f0f0"> 
<!--- Output the query and define the startrow and maxrows parameters.  
Use the query variable CurrentCount to keep track of the row you are displaying. ------> 
<cfoutput query="GetParks" startrow="#StartRow#" maxrows="#MaxRows#"> 
        <td valign="top" bgcolor="ffffed"> 
        <td valign="top"> 
            <font size="-1">#ParkName#</font> 
        <td valign="top"> 
            <font size="-1">#Region#</font> 
        <td valign="top"> 
            <font size="-1">#State#</font> 
<!--- If the total number of records is less than or equal to the total number of rows,  
then offer a link to the same page, with the startrow value incremented by maxrows  
(in the case of this example, incremented by 10). ---------> 
        <td colspan="4"> 
        <cfif (StartRow + MaxRows) LTE GetParks.RecordCount> 
            <cfoutput><a href="#CGI.SCRIPT_NAME#?startrow=#Evaluate(StartRow + MaxRows)#"> 
            See next #MaxRows# rows</a></cfoutput>