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What are CDF-MS files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a CDF-MS 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-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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