What are CMAP files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a CMAP 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 CMAP file?

CMAP files have multiple uses, and Adobe CMaps is one of them. Read more about the others further down the page.

Adobe CMaps

We have not yet analyzed in detail what these files contain and what they are used for. We're working on it.

How to open CMAP files

Important: Different programs may use files with the CMAP file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your CMAP 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: June 29, 2022

All known file formats using extension .CMAP

While Adobe CMaps is a popular type of CMAP-file, we know of 3 different uses of the .CMAP file extension. Different software may use files with the same extension for different types of data.

Concept Map File

The IHMC Cmap Tools software application uses the .cmap file suffix. This program is used to create mind-map diagrams for use during a brainstorming process. The brainstorming diagrams created with the software are saved with the .cmap file suffix.

CMAP opener for Windows

We have identified one CMAP opener that is compatible with this specific type of CMAP file.

IHMC CmapToolsIHMC CmapToolsVerified

More file formats using the CMAP extension

Through our research of CMAP files, we know that the following formats exist. However, we have not yet analyzed them in detail.

  • IFF Color Map

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