The File Extensions Database

.CDR File Extension

  • Developer by: Corel
  • Category: Vector Image Files
  • Format: Binary

What is an .CDR file?

.CDR is CorelDRAW Image File

A CDR file is a drawing (or vector image) created with CorelDRAW, a vector illustration and page layout program. It contains a document that contains text, lines, shapes, images, colors, and effects. CDR files are used to create various types of documents such as letters, brochures, tabloids, envelopes, post cards, web pages, and web banners.

CDR file open in CorelDRAW X8

The CDR file is the main file type created by CorelDRAW. When you save your document in the CDR format, CorelDRAW creates the CDR file to store the contents of the documents. You can save a CDR file by selecting File → Save.

If you come across a CDR file on your computer it most likely is a drawing created by CorelDRAW. Since CDR files are saved in a proprietary format used by Corel software not many image editing programs support the format. However, you can export the CDR file in CorelDRAW to other more popular formats such as .PDF, .JPG, .PNG, .BMP, and .AI.

You can save a CDR file as a template if you want to reuse the document layout again. To create a template, select File → Save as Template.... CorelDRAW will save the template as a .CDT file.

CorelDRAW is included in the CorelDRAW Graphics Suite along with the following applications:

  • Corel PHOTO-PAINT - An image-editing application for digital photos
  • Corel CAPTURE - A single-click screen capture utility
  • Corel CONNECT - A built-in content organizer
Programs that open CorelDRAW Image File
CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2018
Corel PaintShop Pro 2019
Corel WordPerfect X9
ideaMK CDR Viewer
ACD Systems Canvas X 2019
Adobe Illustrator CC 2019
Adobe Illustrator CC 2019
Bluetail CDRViewer
File Type 2 Macintosh DVD/CD Master
Category: Disk Image Files Format: Binary

Disc image created on a Macintosh computer using the built-in Disk Utility program; may contain multiple folders and files in a single disc image file that can be burned to a CD; similar to an .ISO file created on a Windows computer.

To create a ".cdr" file with Apple Disk Utility, first select the "Convert" option, then open an existing disc image file. Next, select "DVD/CD master" from the Image Format menu and click "Save".

NOTE: If a ".cdr" file will not open on a Windows computer, it may be possible to open the file by changing the file extension from ".cdr" to ".iso".

Programs that open Macintosh DVD/CD Master
Catacombae HFSExplorer
Apple Disk Utility
Catacombae HFSExplorer
Catacombae HFSExplorer
File Type 3 Raw Audio CD Data
Category: Audio Files Format: Binary

CD audio track extracted or "ripped" from an audio CD to a computer's hard disk; similar to a .AIF or .WAV file, but does not contain the same header information; recognized by various audio programs.

Programs that open Raw Audio CD Data
Apple iTunes
H+H Software Virtual CD
Lightning UK! ImgBurn
Roxio Toast 17
Apple iTunes
File Type 4 Crash Data Retrieval Data File
Developer by: Bosch Category: Data Files

Contains Event Data Recorder (EDR) information from automobiles with a Crash Data Retrieval (CDR) device installed; records events generated from sensors within the car.

How to solve problems with CDR files

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