CDR File - opening and understanding

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

What is a CDR file?

Files that contain the .cdr file extension most commonly contain computer drawings. These files are drawings that have been created with the popular CorelDRAW computer drawing application, although other Corel applications can also assign the .cdr file extension. CorelDRAW is Corel's computer graphics editor and the CDR computer drawing format is proprietary to that software program.

The .cdr file extension is also given to files that have been created by the Roxio Toast CD software. These CDR files contain raw audio data and they are created when a user "rips" a CD to his or her computer hard drive.

How to open CDR 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 CDR for different purposes.

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

Suggest another file format using extension CDR

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

Various viewers for this file format

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

Free File ViewerFree File ViewerUser submitted
ImgBurnImgBurnUser submitted
Corel Graphics ApplicationsCorel Graphics ApplicationsUser submitted
Microsoft Picture ItMicrosoft Picture ItUser submitted
CorelDRAWCorelDRAWUser submitted
Paint Shop ProPaint Shop ProUser submitted
CorelDRAW Essential EditionCorelDRAW Essential EditionUser submitted
Adobe PhotoshopAdobe PhotoshopUser submitted
Adobe IllustratorAdobe IllustratorUser submitted
ImagineImagineUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with CDR-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 CDR-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!