.CDR File Extension

.CDR File Extension

File Type 1

CorelDRAW Image File

Developer Corel
3.8  |  521 Votes
Category Vector Image Files
Format Binary

What is a CDR file?

A CDR file is a vector drawing 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, postcards, webpages, and web banners.

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Screenshot of a .cdr file in CorelDRAW 2021
CDR file open in CorelDRAW 2021

The CDR file is the main file type associated with 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.

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 Font Manager - A utility for managing fonts
  • CorelDRAW.app - An online vector illustration program accessible via web browser
  • Corel CAPTURE - A single-click screen capture utility (only available with Windows version)

How do I open a CDR file?

You can open a CDR file with the CorelDRAW application included with CorelDRAW Graphics Suite (Windows and macOS). You can edit and save CDR files with CorelDRAW, and export them to more common formats such as .JPG, .PNG, .BMP, .AI and .PDF.

You can also open CDR files with Corel PaintShop Pro (Windows), Adobe Illustrator (multiplatform), and Inkscape (multiplatform).

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Programs that open or reference CDR files

Updated April 22, 2021
File Type 2

Raw Audio CD Data

Developer N/A
3.6  |  36 Votes
Category Audio Files
Format Binary

What is a CDR file?

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 CDR files

Updated February 17, 2012
File Type 3

Macintosh DVD/CD Master

Developer N/A
3.5  |  39 Votes
Category Disk Image Files
Format Binary

What is a CDR file?

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.

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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 CDR files

Included with OS
Apple DiskImageMounter
Updated December 2, 2010
File Type 4

Crash Data Retrieval Data File

Developer Bosch
2.9  |  26 Votes
Category Data Files
Format N/A

What is a CDR file?

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

Programs that open CDR files

Bosch Crash Data Retrieval System Software
Updated May 20, 2009

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