Files with cdr suffix are graphics files saved in special, proprietary format from CorelDRAW. It is used for artworks, rich documents or even simple logos.

There are 3 other file types using
the CDR file extension!

cdr icon.cdr - RAW CD-format audio

cdr icon.cdr - Apple Final Cut Pro CD or DVD master image file

empty icon.cdr - Bosch Crash Data Retrieval data file

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CDR file extension - CorelDRAW vector or bitmap graphics

What is cdr file? How to open cdr files?

File type specification:

Vector graphic file type icon Vector graphic file type

cdr file icon: cdr filetype icon

File extension cdr is best know for its use for the main graphics format used in CorelDRAW, a vector graphics editor developed and sold by Corel Corporation.

A .cdr file contains usually vector images, but may also be used for complex artworks or documents. The CDR file format is proprietary and only used Corel programs. 3rd party apps usually only support or use some previous versions of the format.

Older versions of CorelDRAW also used CDR format for pretty much any graphic, so in certain cases some ancient .cdr files can be bitmaps.

A popular alternative and main competition for CorelDRAW is Adobe Illustrator

Similar widespread file format and competition graphic software for CorelDraw is Adobe Illustrator (ai file extension).

MIME types used:

The default software associated to cdr file type:

CorelDraw Graphics Suite icon

Corel Corporation logo CorelDraw Graphics Suite  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
  Corel Corporation

CorelDraw Graphics Suite is a set of tools for graphics designers. With CorelDraw Graphics Suite designers can create vector illustrations, page layout, brouchures, web sites, retouch photos, convert bitmap images and vector images. CorelDraw Graphics Suite is available only for Microsoft Windows.

Corel Graphics Suite contains:

  • CorelDRAW
  • Corel PowerTRACE
  • Corel CONNECT
  • Corel Website Creator
  • Corel CAPTURE

CDR Viewer picture or screenshot

CDR Viewer  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:

CDR Viewer allows users to open/display CorelDRAW image files and gives you and options to convert .cdr file types to other image file formats as .jpg, .gif, .png, .tiff and .bmp.

CDRViewer for OS X icon

CDRViewer for OS X  Apple macOS / Mac OS X software

Company or developer:

CDRViewer for OS X is free viewer for CDR file format used by CorelDRAW software available for Mac.

Inkscape icon

Inkscape  Multiplatform software

Company or developer:
  The Inkscape Project

Inkscape is vector graphics editor that using with W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format. Inkscape supports many advanced SVG features (markers, clones, alpha blending, etc.)

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Convert CDR files for free

Help how to open CDR files:

Use CorelDRAW or any other suitable Corel Application to open the .cdr files. Some 3rd party application may also be able to open the .cdr files.

How to convert file with extension CDR:

CorelDRAW can save or export the .cdr files into another bitmap or vector formats.

With the File|Save as.. or File|Export function you can save or export any opened .cdr file into another vector or bitmap format.

Adobe Illustrator may also be able to convert the .cdr files in the same way as CorelDRAW.

Find conversions from cdr file:

cdr to ai

cdr to doc

cdr to dst

cdr to dwg

cdr to dxf

cdr to jpg

cdr to psd

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ai to cdr

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File identification strings:

HEX code: 52 49 46 46

List of software applications associated to the .cdr file extension

Recommended software programs are sorted by OS platform (Windows, Mac OS X etc.) and possible program actions
that can be done with the file
: like open cdr file, edit cdr file, convert cdr file, view cdr file, play cdr 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 of the cdr files.

  • Open cdr file
  • Edit cdr file
  • View cdr file
  • Create cdr file
  • Import cdr file
  • Export cdr file

Software that open cdr file - CorelDRAW vector or bitmap graphics

Click on the link to get more information about listed programs for open cdr file action.

Microsoft Windows:

Main software associated with cdr file by default:
CorelDraw Graphics Suite small icon CorelDraw Graphics Suite
Other suggested software:
Adobe Illustrator small icon Adobe Illustrator

Apple macOS / Mac OS X:


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