.CDR File Extension

File Type 1

CorelDRAW Image File

Developer Corel
3.8  |  565 Votes
Category Vector Image Files
Format Binary

What is a CDR file?

A CDR file is a vector drawing or document created with CorelDRAW, a vector illustration and page layout program. It contains information that makes up a document or drawing, which may include text, tables, lines, shapes, images, colors, and effects properties. CorelDRAW users create CDR files to compose 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.

Also, 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 to 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, as well.

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

How to convert a CDR file

Various image editors, including CorelDRAW Graphics Suite and Adobe Illustrator, can convert CDR files to other image formats.

For example, CorelDRAW can convert CDR files to many formats, including the following file types:

  • .JPG - JPEG Image
  • .PNG - Portable Network Graphic
  • .BMP - Bitmap Image
  • .GIF - Graphical Interchange Format
  • .SVG - Scalable Vector Graphics File
  • .PDF - Portable Document Format
  • .TGA - Targa Graphic
  • .TIF - Tagged Image File Format
  • .WMF - Windows Metafile
  • .PSD - Adobe Photoshop Document
  • .AI - Adobe Illustrator Artwork
  • .RTF - Rich Text Format
  • .DOC - Microsoft Word Document (Legacy)
  • .DWG - AutoCAD Drawing
  • .DXF - Drawing Exchange Format
  • .EMF - Enhanced Windows Metafile
  • .EPS - Encapsulated PostScript File
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Programs that open or reference CDR files

Updated April 6, 2022
File Type 2

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 3

Raw CD Audio Data

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

What is a CDR file?

A CDR file is an audio track extracted, or "ripped," from an audio CD to a computer's hard disk. It is similar to an .AIF or .WAV file, but does not contain the same header information. Many music players can play CDR files.

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Users create CDR files using CD audio extraction software, such as HH Software Virtual CD. The files typically contain standardly-formatted audio that is saved without the format's typical header information. As such, music players may not recognize the files as audio files by default. However, you can still play CDR files in many music players.

How to open a CDR file

If your CDR file contains music saved in a standard format, you can open and play the file in VideoLAN VLC media player (multiplatform). You can also use programs like HH Software Virtual CD (Windows), Lightning UK ImgBurn (Windows), and Roxio Toast (Mac) to burn CDR files to CDs.

How to convert a CDR file

If you can play your CDR file in VideoLAN VLC media player, you can also use the program to convert your CDR file to other audio formats, including:

  • .MP3 - MP3 Audio
  • .OGG - Ogg Vorbis Audio
  • .FLAC - Free Lossless Audio Codec
  • .WAV - WAVE Audio

Programs that open CDR files

Updated June 23, 2022
File Type 4

Crash Data Retrieval Data File

Developer Bosch
2.9  |  27 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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