By now most in the CF world (who are connected to community news, at least) should have heard that today is the last day Adobe will be offering a release of CF 9 including Verity, and CF8 at all. I offer here a little more news on that, but more important I offer how you can still find and get those downloads if you want them, even when no longer listed as links on the site. They're now no longer easy to find.
(And I have updated the entry as of Aug 3, 2012, and all below still applies, unless stricken out.)
First, as for what's changing, it's that Adobe has to "pull from the shelves" any releases of CF that include Verity. But while many have been asserting that CF9 was going away, that's not true. And even CF8 can be obtained formally under certain conditions.
But I also offer here some ways you may be able to get these files even if Adobe no longer offers links to them.
But let's tackle a few points of common misinformation this week.
CF9 WILL be available after today, as 9.0.2, without Verity
So first and foremost, after today you WILL be able to get CF9, including the free Developer edition, as well as for trial or paid use, but it will just be without Verity. That will be a new release, 9.0.2 (not 9.2 as some have referred to it, which could be a helpful distinction to bear in mind).
More than that, it will be more than just "9.0.1 without Verity". 9.0.2 will also include hotfixes and security hotfixes, as well as an updated JVM (to 1.6.0_29).
All this, including the removal of 9.0, 9.0.1, and 8, with the addition of 9.0.2, is clarified in a couple posts from the CF team:
CF9.0, 9.0.1, and 8 WILL be available after today, with Verity, if you have a support contract
Those blog entries also clarify that yes, CF8 (and even CF9 with Verity) WILL also be available even after today--to those with support contracts, by direct contact to Adobe; just no longer by direct download from their site.
(I'll add that the that CF team blog has offered quite a lot of useful info in recent days and weeks, especially about CF10 but also about other things, so I'd recommend people keep an eye on it.)
Finding older release Updater installers to download
Finally, as for getting the CF8 downloads, note that any links to the CF8 downloads have already been pulled from pages that had previously listed them. But that does not mean that the files are not there (at least as of today).
Using your browser's download historySo, how might one find the URLs to the actual installer downloads? There are two ways.
First, and perhaps quickest, is that if you may have downloaded the files in the past, then I'll remind folks to check their browser's "downloads" feature (available in most modern browsers, whether via a tools menu or the Ctrl+J shortcut). In those (again in most modern browsers) there is not only a list of all files you've downloaded (unless you've cleared the list), but also you can right-click on the downloaded file to go to or get the link for the URL from which it was downloaded. More than that, most of these browser download pages have a search feature. I searched for coldfusion and found some of them, and they still worked (today).
Using archive.org to find old pages that linked to the downloads, to get the installer URLs
But what if you don't have that download or a browser that's tracking it?
Well, that's where the good old "internet wayback machine" at archive.org can come in so handy.
If you know the URL for an Adobe page that did previously have links to the downloads, you might find an older version of the page there (whether from earlier this year or last year) and could then use that find the downloader URL.
(As an aside, the archive.org page may even have a link to an old file even when the file no longer exists on the site in question.)
So for instance, the updates page for CF lists CF updaters and hotfixes, and it used to (until recently) list them going back to even 4.5.2! :-) But it now lists only 10 and 9. Release the wayback machine!
Searching there for that URL, I found an old version of the page from last year.
And sure enough, there you can see all the references to the older releases, such as the 8.0.1 updater for Windows (seems to be for 32- or 64-bit, as there is only the one).
But note that URL offers a link to the file as it is found on the archive.org site, not Adobe's. Sadly, that fails to work (because they say that the robots.txt file on the Adobe site prevented them archiving it). Often these archived download links do work. In this case, it does not.
But all hope is not lost. Note that the URL also includes the URL that the file USED to be at on the destination server:
And I checked and can confirm that, as of today at least, it responds.
Folks can see on that archive.org page links to all the other downloads that were available then, and again for now still are, today, for example:
- The CF 9.0.1 Windows 64-bit installer
- The OS X9.0.1 zip
- The CF 9.0.1 Windows 32-bit installer
- The CF 9.0.1 Linux 64-bit installer
And though that last exe was NOT available via the archive.org site itself, I'll just say that it's always worth trying, because sometimes (and on some other older variants of the web page that it may offer), the link may work. Maybe an older version of the page got the file archived before the robots.txt was put in place, for instance.
Finding full installer downloads
Finding full installers downloads for 9.0, 8.0.1, etc. is going to be harder. There is no one page that is publicly available (that archive.org could have archived) that lists all the URLs for older versions.
I can say that I had some in my download history, which
do still work as of today no longer work directly, but do work if you first login to the Adobe downloads site, such as using a link to download a current version of CF. Then, once logged in, a link like these below do still work (as of Aug 2012):
- The CF 8.0.1 Windows 64-bit full installer
- The CF 8.0.1 Windows 32-bit full installer
- The CF 8.0.1 OS X 64-bit full installer
- The CF 8.0.1 OS X 32-bit full installer
- The CF 8.0.1 Linux 64-bit full installer
- The CF 8.0.1 Linux 32-bit full installer
- The CF 8.0.1 Solaris 64-bit full installer
- The CF 8.0.1 AIX full installer
For CF 9.0: (I added this update based on info shared here.) Again, for these to work, you must first login to the Adobe downloads site, such as using a link to download a current version of CF. Then, once logged in, a link like these below will work:
- Adobe ColdFusion 9.0 English AIX
- Adobe ColdFusion 9.0 English Linux
- Adobe ColdFusion 9.0 English Linux 64 Bit
- Adobe ColdFusion 9.0 English Mac
- Adobe ColdFusion 9.0 English Mac 64 Bit
- Adobe ColdFusion 9.0 English Solaris 64 Bit
- Adobe ColdFusion 9.0 English Windows
- Adobe ColdFusion 9.0 English Windows 64 Bit
- Adobe ColdFusion 9.0 Japanese AIX
- Adobe ColdFusion 9.0 Japanese Linux
- Adobe ColdFusion 9.0 Japanese Linux 64 Bit
- Adobe ColdFusion 9.0 Japanese Mac
- Adobe ColdFusion 9.0 Japanese Mac 64 Bit
- Adobe ColdFusion 9.0 Japanese Solaris 64 Bit
- Adobe ColdFusion 9.0 Japanese Windows
- Adobe ColdFusion 9.0 Japanese Windows 64 Bit
But these all may soon be gone
Then again, I realize it's possible that Adobe may actually pull the files down so that they cannot be accessed this way anymore, after May 31. It's just not clear if they would feel that their mandate (per Verity) is to "not offer download links" or "not allow downloads at all". We shall see. (I've updated this entry as of 8/3/12 and the info above still stands unless stricken out.)
I appreciate that some may feel that my posting this only increases the chance that Adobe may "close the door", but given that someone have asked desperately how to get the files now, and since they ARE there for now, I thought it more important to offer the info now given that the door may be closed tomorrow.
Help from Others?But maybe others can chime in with URLs for other variants.
Update: In fact, someone else had tried to offer the same help. David Epler had done a similar blog post the same day, and offered specific links to some files. Most of them are also now dead, but has he notes also in comments you may still be able to get things to work, like I do above.
Also, here's still another blog entry that offers links to many different Adobe products, including CF 7 and 9 (but oddly, not 8, nor 9.0.1). You may find something else you need there, or see a pattern to try.
Hope this is helpful.