Files with cda extension is generally associated with tracks found on audio CDs. Typically located on all original audio discs, ie. not ripped to MP3s. It can be played in all audio or media players.

There is one other file type using
the CDA file extension!

empty icon.cda - 2020 Giza Studio specifier typical data

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CDA file extension - CD Audio track

What is cda file? How to open cda files?

File type specification:

Audio and sound file type icon Audio and sound file type

cda file icon: cda filetype icon

File extension cda is used for tracks stored on an audio CD.

The .cda files are representations of CD audio tracks and do not contain the actual pulse code modulation (PCM) information. You cannot play the file if you copy a .cda file from the CD-ROM to your hard disk.

If you want to grab audio tracks from the audio CD, you have to use audio grabbing utilities. Grabbed audio track is often in the WAV format with 16-bit sample size, 44.1 kHz, Stereo. Some audio grabbers support direct conversion of the CD audio tracks to the other audio formats such as MP3, WMA, AAC, FLAC, OGG etc.

Some media players, such as Microsoft Windows Media Player and Apple iTunes, can grab audio CDs to your media library in your selected audio format.

MIME types:

Updated: November 10, 2023

The default software associated to open cda file:

VLC media player icon

VideoLAN Project Team logoVLC media player  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
VideoLAN Project Team

Very popular multimedia player developed for Windows, Apple Mac, Linux, Unix and various other operating systems and platforms.

VLC can playback many of the video formats (AVI, MKV, OGV, WMV, ASF, MOV...) and audio formats (MP3, AAC, M4A, OGG, FLAC...) as well as support of subtitles for video. It can also be used as a streaming server and multimedia transcoder.

Microsoft Windows Media Player icon

Microsoft Corporation logoMicrosoft Windows Media Player  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Windows Media Player is default multimedia player installed in Microsoft Windows. WMP can manage music, videos and pictures in computer, play or view them, sync them with portable devices, or burn them on CD/DVD media. It also supports home media sharing with other computers.

Apple iTunes for Mac icon

Apple, Inc. logoApple iTunes for Mac  Apple macOS / Mac OS X software

Company or developer:
Apple, Inc.

Apple iTunes is multimedia application distributed with Apple macOS operating system. It organizes and plays digital music and videos. iTunes is also used to manage Apple's portable devices, such as iPod, iPhone and iPad.

Help how to open:

The CDA audio track files are widely supported by many audio players (Windows Media Player, Winamp) and by many platforms such as Microsoft Windows, Linux, MAC OS X.

How to convert:

CDA audio track files represents only tracks, that are on Audio CD. CDA files don't contain data or audio.

Find conversions from cda file:

cda to aac

cda to flac

cda to m4a

cda to mp3

cda to mp4

cda to wav

cda to wma

Find converter to cda file type:

aac to cda

flac to cda

m4a to cda

mp3 to cda

mp4 to cda

wav to cda

wma to cda

File identification strings:

HEX code: 52 49 46 46 24 00 00 00 43 44 44 41 66 6D 74 20 18
ASCII code: RIFF$...CDDAfmt

List of software applications associated to the .cda file extension

Recommended software programs are sorted by OS platform (Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android etc.)
and possible program actions that can be done with the file: like open cda file, edit cda file, convert cda file, view cda file, play cda file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in's database).

Click on the tab below to simply browse between the application actions, to quickly get a list of recommended software, which is able to perform the specified software action, such as opening, editing or converting cda files.

cda file players - programs that can play cda file - CD Audio track

Programs supporting the exension cda on the main platforms Windows, Mac, Linux or mobile. Click on the link to get more information about listed programs for play cda file action.

Microsoft Windows:

Main software associated with cda file by default:
VLC media player small icon VLC media player
Microsoft Windows Media Player small icon Microsoft Windows Media Player
Other suggested software:
Apple iTunes for Windows small icon Apple iTunes for Windows
KMPlayer small icon KMPlayer
Winamp small icon Winamp
ALLPlayer small icon ALLPlayer
MediaMonkey small icon MediaMonkey
Helium Music Manager small icon Helium Music Manager

Apple macOS / Mac OS X:

Main software associated with cda file by default:
Apple iTunes for Mac small icon Apple iTunes for Mac
Other suggested software:
VLC media player for Mac small icon VLC media player for Mac

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