BDF File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open a BDF file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .BDF files.

What is a BDF file?

A .BDF file is a Brother Embroidery file. These BDF files contain the artwork/images used in an embroidery machine, a machine used to create textiles patterns. You can load or scan images you want to use in your embroidery design. You can take images from CorelDraw or Adobe Illustrator, two software types used to edit photos, and convert them to an embroidery design.

How to open BDF files

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension BDF for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different BDF openers which you will find listed below.

Other file formats using extension .BDF

While Brother Embroidery File is a popular type of BDF-file, we know of 3 different uses of the .BDF extension.

The BDF file extension indicates to your device which app can open the file. However, different apps may use the same file extension for different types of data. So a BDF opener may not be able to open all kinds of BDF files. In this case, look through all formats to make sure you find the best suited BDF viewer.

Glyph Bitmap Distribution Format font

These BDF files contain the bitmap fonts used in Adobe, software for creating, editing, and publishing technical content. BDF files are text files that humans and computers can read. BDF gets split into three sections, a global section that applies to all glyphs in the font, a section with a separate entry for each glyph, and an end font system.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different BDF openers which you will find listed below.

Quartus Block Design File

Through our analysis of BDF files, we know that one use of the format is Quartus Block Design File. We have not yet described in detail what these files contain and what they are used for, but our team is working tiredlessly through thousands of file formats. We'd love hearing from you if you have information about the format.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different BDF openers which you will find listed below.

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of BDF files. Remember, different programs may use BDF files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with BDF-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with BDF-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!