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.CDR File Extension

File Type 1CorelDRAW Image File

3.9 (496 Votes)
CategoryVector Image Files

What is a CDR 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, postcards, webpages, and web banners.

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Screenshot of a .cdr file in CorelDRAW 2020
CDR file open in CorelDRAW 2020

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 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)
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Programs that open CDR files

Updated 4/8/2020

File Type 2Macintosh DVD/CD Master

3.6 (38 Votes)
CategoryDisk Image Files

.CDR File Association 2

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 12/2/2010

File Type 3Raw Audio CD Data

3.6 (36 Votes)
CategoryAudio Files

.CDR File Association 3

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 2/17/2012

File Type 4Crash Data Retrieval Data File

2.8 (25 Votes)
CategoryData Files

.CDR File Association 4

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 5/20/2009

About CDR Files

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