Files with cdr file extension are graphics files saved in a unique, 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

empty icon.cdr - Bosch Crash Data Retrieval data

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Software that open cdr 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 known for its use for the main graphics format used in CorelDRAW, a vector graphics editor developed and sold by Corel Corporation.

A .cdr file usually contains vector images but may also be used for complex artworks or documents.

The CDR file format is proprietary and only uses Corel programs. 3rd party apps usually only support or use some previous format versions.

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

A similar widespread file format and competition graphic software for CorelDRAW is Adobe Illustrator (ai file extension).

MIME types used:

Updated: July 2, 2024

The default software associated to open cdr file:

CorelDraw Graphics Suite icon

Corel Corporation logoCorelDraw Graphics Suite  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
Corel Corporation

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 CAPTURE
  • Corel Font Manager
  • AfterShot HDR

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Convert CDR files for free

Help how to open:

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

How to convert:

CorelDRAW can save or export the .cdr files into other bitmap or vector formats (pdf, jpg, png, bmp, and ai).

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.

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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, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android 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 cdr files.

Software that open cdr file - CorelDRAW vector or bitmap graphics

Programs supporting the exension cdr on the main platforms Windows, Mac, Linux or mobile. 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


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