CDF File Type

- The quick facts

What are CDF files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a CDF file or just wondering what they contain? We explain what these files are used for and show you software that we know can open or otherwise handle your files.

What is a CDF file?

CDF files have multiple uses, and Affymetrix Chip Definition is one of them.

Affymetrix Chip Definition File

We have not yet analyzed in detail what these files contain and what they are used for. We're working on it.

How to open CDF files

Important: Different programs may use files with the CDF file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your CDF file is, you may need to try a few different programs.

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

Last updated: June 29, 2022

More file formats using the CDF extension

Through our research of CDF files, we know that the following formats exist. However, we have not yet analyzed them in detail.

  • Channel Definition Format File
  • Computable Document Format File
  • NetCDF Network Common Data Form
  • NetCDF Network Common Data Form File

Various apps that use files with this extension

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

Corel Digital Studio SECorel Digital Studio SEUser submitted
Corel Digital Studio for FUJITSUCorel Digital Studio for FUJITSUUser submitted
MathematicaMathematicaUser submitted
Corel Digital Studio SE for NECCorel Digital Studio SE for NECUser submitted
Wolfram CDF PlayerWolfram CDF PlayerUser submitted
Corel Digital StudioCorel Digital StudioUser submitted
Corel MovieWriterCorel MovieWriterUser submitted
Xilinx ISEXilinx ISEUser submitted
TransCADTransCADUser submitted
Corel Digital Studio for TOSHIBACorel Digital Studio for TOSHIBAUser submitted

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