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What are CDF-MS files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a CDF-MS file or are you simply curious about its contents? We're here to explain the properties of these files and provide you with software that can open or handle your CDF-MS files.

What is a CDF-MS file?

A .CDF-MS file is a ClickOnce Compiled Manifest file.

The .cdf-ms file extension is used for a Windows system file format, which was developed by Microsoft. Also known as ClickOnce Deployment binary manifest files, these CDF-MS files are binary versions of files in the MANIFEST format. These .manifest and .cdf-ms files can be created through the use of Visual Studio, which is a program that was also developed by Microsoft for authoring software tools and applications.

A CDF-MS file contains binary source code that is associated with a certain .manifest file. These MANIFEST files are in turn associated with DLL (Dynamic Link Library) modules. These .manifest and .cdf-ms files are generated when an associated DLL is integrated with ClickOnce Deployment functions. Just like other system files, these .cdf-ms files are not meant to be opened. These contain binary code that is not human-readable.

How to open CDF-MS files

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

We have not yet verified any programs for Windows that work with this specific file format. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below. Thanks!

Last updated: May 31, 2022

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