MDF File - opening and understanding

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

What is a MDF file?

Files given the .mdf extension contain a disc image of the information that has been saved on a CD or DVD. MDF files are similar to ISO files, but they are saved in a different format. In order for the DVD or CD data to be played back properly, the MDF file must be saved with an associated MDS file.

The actual file data on the disc that the MDF file was copied from is stored in the file with the .mdf extension while the file with the .mds extension stores the disc's header and track information. These files allow you to play the media contained on a CD or DVD without having the actual disc in your computers CD or DVD drive.

How to open MDF 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 MDF for different purposes.

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

Suggest another file format using extension MDF

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

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of MDF files. Remember, different programs may use MDF 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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WinMount ApplicationWinMount ApplicationUser submitted
WinRARWinRARUser submitted
WavePad Sound EditorWavePad Sound EditorUser submitted
Switch Sound File ConverterSwitch Sound File ConverterUser submitted
Pixillion Image ConverterPixillion Image ConverterUser submitted
Free File ViewerFree File ViewerUser submitted
IsoBusterIsoBusterUser submitted
DAEMON Tools LiteDAEMON Tools LiteUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with MDF-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 MDF-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!