CDG File Type

- The quick facts

What are CDG files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a CDG 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 CDG file?

CDG is an acronym for Compact Disc plus Graphic. Files that contain the .cdg file extension normally store raw image graphics.

The images in CDG files are usually low-resolution graphics that are used with an audio file for a particular track on an audio CD. Karaoke programs commonly use these CDG files to display the lyrics and graphics when the Karaoke program is playing a particular song.

Many people think that CDG files do not store any audio data. This is not the case. The CDG files do contain the audio data for the song that is associated with the file and a user could possibly play the CDA file just as they would any standard audio file. However, a user must use a Karaoke program in order to display the graphics that are included with the file.

How to open CDG files

Important: Different programs may use files with the CDG file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your CDG 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 CDG openers which you will find listed below.

Last updated: December 31, 2021

Suggest another file format using extension CDG

While we know of one file format using the .CDG 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 .CDG file.

Various apps that use files with this extension

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

Final Media PlayerFinal Media PlayerUser submitted
AVS Media PlayerAVS Media PlayerUser submitted
KaraFun PlayerKaraFun PlayerUser submitted
KaraokeMedia Home PCKaraokeMedia Home PCUser submitted
KaraokeKantaKaraokeKantaUser submitted
Siglos Karaoke Player/RecorderSiglos Karaoke Player/RecorderUser submitted
Karaoke Builder PlayerKaraoke Builder PlayerUser submitted
Siglos Karaoke ProfessionalSiglos Karaoke ProfessionalUser submitted
KaraFunKaraFunUser submitted
Karaoke Builder StudioKaraoke Builder StudioUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with CDG-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
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