.CDR File Extension

CorelDRAW File

Developer Corel
3.8  |  581 Votes

What is a CDR file?

A CDR file is a drawing created with CorelDRAW, a vector illustration and page layout design program included with CorelDRAW Graphics Suite. It typically contains vector image data, such as lines, paths, and colored shapes, but may also include text, tables, and digital effects. The CDR format is commonly used for documents such as letters, brochures, tabloids, envelopes, postcards, webpages, and web banners.

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Screenshot of a .cdr file in CorelDRAW 2023
CDR file open in CorelDRAW 2023

The CorelDRAW Graphics Suite is comprised of several apps, including CorelDRAW and PHOTO-PAINT. Graphic designers and digital photographers commonly use the suite to create and edit artwork.

CDR is the primary format associated with CorelDRAW. When you save a graphic or document with CorelDRAW, the application saves it with a ".cdr" extension default.

If you want to save a CorelDRAW file as a template, select File → Save as Template.... This will create a .CDRT file, which you can use as a starting point for creating new CDR files.

How to open a CDR file

You can open a CDR file with the CorelDRAW application included with CorelDRAW Graphics Suite (Windows and macOS). To open a CDR file with CorelDRAW, select File → Open.

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
  • .DWG - AutoCAD Drawing
  • .DXF - Drawing Exchange Format
  • .RTF - Rich Text Format
  • .DOC - Microsoft Word Document (Legacy)
  • .WPD - WordPerfect Document
  • .PDF - Portable Document Format
  • .PSD - Adobe Photoshop Document
  • .AI - Adobe Illustrator Artwork
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Programs that open CDR files

Macintosh DVD/CD Master

Developer N/A
3.5  |  39 Votes

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

Raw CD Audio Data

Developer N/A
3.5  |  39 Votes

A CDR file may also be 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

Crash Data Retrieval Data File

Developer Bosch
2.9  |  27 Votes

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

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