The File Extensions Database


.CDA File Extension

  • Category: Audio Files

What is an .CDA file?

.CDA is CD Audio Track Shortcut

Shortcut to a track on an audio CD; plays the referenced track on the CD when opened; therefore, the CD must be in the CD-ROM drive for the shortcut to work correctly.

CDA files do not contain actual audio data. Songs "ripped" from an audio CD are usually saved as uncompressed .AIF or .WAV files.

Programs that open CD Audio Track Shortcut
Windows
Apple iTunes
Microsoft Windows Media Player
Nullsoft Winamp
RealNetworks RealPlayer Cloud
VideoLAN VLC media player
JRiver Media Center
NCH WavePad
Mac
Apple iTunes
RealNetworks RealPlayer Cloud
VideoLAN VLC media player
JRiver Media Center
Linux
VideoLAN VLC media player

How to solve problems with CDA files

  • Associate the CDA file extension with the correct application. On :
    Windows: Right click on any CDA file and then click "Open with" > "Choose another app". Now select another program and check the box "Always use this app to open *.CDA files". Mac: Right click (or Ctrl-click) the CDA file, then click "Open with" > "Other...". Then choose another program and check the "Always Open With" box. Linux: Right click on the file, and select "Open with" and choose another program. iPhone: Tap the file. If you do not see an app to open the file, then tap Share "Share" and choose an app. Alternatively, save the file. Then open the Files app Files app. There long-press on the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. Then tap "Share" and select an app. Android: Tap the Settings icon on your smartphone, then tap on the Apps section. There tap the Options icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen to change the default apps.
  • Update your software that should actually open .CDA is CD Audio Track Shortcut. Because only the current version supports the latest CDA file format. Search, therefore, e.g. on the N/A manufacturer website after an available .CDA is CD Audio Track Shortcut update.
  • To make sure that your CDA file is not corrupted or virus-infected, get the file again and scan it with antivirus software.