CDS File

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

What is a CDS file?

A .CDS file is a ChemDoodle Chemical Document Settings file. 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

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with extension CDS for different purposes. We have identified 2 CDS openers for Windows that is compatible with this specific type of CDS file.

Programs that open CDS files

ChemDoodleChemDoodleVerified
ChemDrawChemDrawVerified
We have not yet verified any programs for Mac that work with this specific file format. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below. Thanks!
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What else are .CDS files used for?

While ChemDoodle Chemical Document Settings is a popular type of CDS-file, we know of 2 different uses of the .CDS extension.

The CDS file extension indicates to your device which app can open the file. However, different apps may use the same file extension for different types of data. So a CDS opener may not be able to open all kinds of CDS files. In this case, look through both formats to make sure you find the best suited CDS viewer.

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.

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!

Various CDS file openers, viewers, etc.

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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We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with CDS-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 CDS-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!