MCD File - opening and understanding

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

What is a MCD file?

The .mcd file extension is a 3D graphics and CAD file type that is directly associated with VectorWorks. VectorWorks is a CAD and building information modeling (BIM) software application, developed by Diehl Graphsoft, mid 1980's. Diehl Graphsoft is now known as Nemetschek. VectorWorks is a global design software that is primarily used in architectural designs and landscape projections. VectorWorks is used in creating 2D, 3D, production management, and presentation designs.

MCD files represent saved drawings and 3D renderings that are created and saved by using VectorWorks. MCD files were used VectorWorks version 1 through 12. But now it uses the VWX extension in versions 2008 and later. Version 2008 was the successor of version 12.

MCD files can also be converted to other vector- based images and other formats like .mcl, .mcs, .pdf and .vwx. MCD files can be converted to VWX files using newer Vectorworks versions that came after the 2008 version. VWX and some MCD files can also be viewed in free Vectorworks Viewer programs.

How to open MCD 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 MCD for different purposes.

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

Suggest another file format using extension MCD

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

Various viewers for this file format

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

Mathsoft MathcadMathsoft MathcadUser submitted
VectorWorksVectorWorksUser submitted
Mail Command MakerMail Command MakerUser submitted
AtelierDuLivreAtelierDuLivreUser submitted
Diehl Graphsoft VectorWorksDiehl Graphsoft VectorWorksUser submitted
PowerAMCPowerAMCUser submitted
MathcadMathcadUser submitted
Jw_cadJw_cadUser submitted
Super Kit CD-DVDSuper Kit CD-DVDUser submitted
Adobe IllustratorAdobe IllustratorUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with MCD-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 MCD-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!