The File Extensions Database


.CDATA File Extension

  • Developer by: Electronic Arts, Inc.
  • Category: Game Files

What is an .CDATA file?

.CDATA is Command & Conquer 3 audio file

File extension cdata is used for certain files that contain sound effects/voice data and are located inside the BIG resource files of Command & Conquer 3, Red Alert 3 and possibly other strategy games from EA sharing the same game engine.

Note: CDATA also means character data, but this term is unrelated to this file type.


How to open:

Unless some kind of modding tool exist to work with these files, there is no way to open them manually.

How to convert:

Unfortunately, we do not know about any converter for .cdata files.

How to solve problems with CDATA files

  • Associate the CDATA file extension with the correct application. On :
    Windows: Right click on any CDATA file and then click "Open with" > "Choose another app". Now select another program and check the box "Always use this app to open *.CDATA files". Mac: Right click (or Ctrl-click) the CDATA 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 .CDATA is Command & Conquer 3 audio file. Because only the current version supports the latest CDATA file format. Search, therefore, e.g. on the Electronic Arts, Inc. manufacturer website after an available .CDATA is Command & Conquer 3 audio file update.
  • To make sure that your CDATA file is not corrupted or virus-infected, get the file again and scan it with antivirus software.