CUR File - opening and understanding

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

What is a CUR file?

Files that contain the .cur file extension are cursor image files. These files are used to store the default cursor graphics and the custom cursor graphics for the Windows operating system, such as the Windows mouse pointer.

When a user installs a custom desktop theme onto his or her computer, a corresponding CUR file is usually included in the installation pack so that the Windows cursor will match the custom desktop theme. For example, if a user were to download a horse-based custom desktop theme, the CUR file may contain the cursor image of a horse or a horseshoe to match the theme download.

How to open CUR 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 CUR for different purposes.

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

Suggest another file format using extension CUR

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

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of CUR files. Remember, different programs may use CUR 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
IrfanViewIrfanViewUser submitted
Ashampoo Photo CommanderAshampoo Photo CommanderUser submitted
Picexa ViewerPicexa ViewerUser submitted
Ulead Photo ExplorerUlead Photo ExplorerUser submitted
qkseeqkseeUser submitted
Corel PaintShop ProCorel PaintShop ProUser submitted
Paint Shop ProPaint Shop ProUser submitted
Ulead Instant ViewerUlead Instant ViewerUser submitted
Microsoft Visual Studio .NETMicrosoft Visual Studio .NETUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with CUR-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 CUR-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!