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What are CDS files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a CDS 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 CDS files.

What is a CDS file?

CDS files have multiple uses, and ChemDoodle Chemical Document Settings is one of them. Read more about the other uses further down the page.

ChemDoodle Chemical Document Settings

Settings file used by the ChemDoole chemistry visualization software. This file contains visual specifications for objects in ChemDoodle, which can be used to make documents conform to publication standards using common styles and settings.

How to open CDS files

We have identified two CDS openers that are compatible with this specific type of CDS file.

Programs that open ChemDoodle Chemical Document Settings files


Last updated: February 20, 2024

All known file formats using extension .CDS

While ChemDoodle Chemical Document Settings is a popular type of CDS-file, we know of 2 different uses of the .CDS file extension. Different software may use files with the same extension for different types of data.

Delphi Client Dataset data

A proprietary database format provided by the Delphi and C++Builder programming languages. It is a simple database that keeps all data in a single file, and the program using the data loads the entire file into memory when you need to access or modify the data. This works well for small amounts of data, and the big advantage is that the program doesn't need a third-party database installed.

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

Various apps that use files with this extension

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

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