DCF File - opening and understanding

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

What is a DCF file?

DCF files are media files that have been encoded with Digital Rights Management copy protection technology. This technology is often used by cell phones in order to save ringtones, videos, pictures and other playable media that has been copy-protected. Nokia was one of the first cell phone companies to use the DCF file format.

The DCF file format is similar in nature to the DM file format, however, with the DCF file format the rights object is located in a separate file and not within the DCF file itself.

The .dcf file extension is also used by the DisCryptor security software by Computer Security Technologies Ltd. This application allows for file encryption, data shredding and security keys for disks, files and folders. The software can also protect portable media devices such as USB memory sticks and zip drives.

How to open DCF 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 DCF for different purposes.

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

Suggest another file format using extension DCF

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

Various viewers for this file format

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

MelOn PlayerMelOn PlayerUser submitted
MelOn Player4MelOn Player4User submitted
PriMus-DCFPriMus-DCFUser submitted
Digital Music NotebookDigital Music NotebookUser submitted
GOMPLAYERGOMPLAYERUser submitted
CSProCSProUser submitted
DynSiteDynSiteUser submitted
MasterClips MediaPaq BrowserMasterClips MediaPaq BrowserUser submitted
Matrox IntellicamMatrox IntellicamUser submitted
PriMusPriMusUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with DCF-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 DCF-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!