CDF File - opening and understanding

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

What is a CDF file?

CDF stands for Content Definition File. The CDF file format is used by groups and organizations to share abstract enterprise content management data. The files created in this format are saved with the .cdf file suffix in an XML-based data format.

The .cdf file extension is also commonly used for comma delimited data files, Cyberspace Description Format files, InstallShield files, MicroSim PCBoard files and Unidata Network files.

How to open CDF 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 CDF for different purposes.

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

Suggest another file format using extension CDF

While we know of one file format using the .CDF file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .CDF file.

Various viewers for this file format

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
Corel Digital Studio SE for NECCorel Digital Studio SE for NECUser submitted
MathematicaMathematicaUser submitted
Wolfram MathematicaWolfram MathematicaUser submitted
Wolfram CDF PlayerWolfram CDF PlayerUser submitted
Corel Digital StudioCorel Digital StudioUser submitted
Corel MovieWriterCorel MovieWriterUser submitted
Xilinx ISEXilinx ISEUser submitted
TransCADTransCADUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with CDF-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 CDF-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!