VCD File - opening and understanding

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

What is a VCD file?

The .vcd file extension is given to virtual CD files. A virtual CD file is an image of the data that has been recorded on a CD. This image is recognized by Windows as an actual disk. This makes it possible for CD's and DVD's to be run on a computer without requiring the actual disk to be in the drive.

The VCD file format allows users to play an application on network computers without having the actual disk on each computer linked to the network.

The .vcd file extension is also used for files created with the GNU VCDImager application. This computer application is used for creating Video CDs and Super Video CDs.

The .vcd file extension is also used by JVC, Sony, Matsushita and Philips to store VHS quality videos on optical CDs. The videos created onto the CD can then be played and edited later on a user's computer with video-editing software.

How to open VCD 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 VCD for different purposes.

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

Suggest another file format using extension VCD

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

Various viewers for this file format

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

PowerISOPowerISOUser submitted
WinMount ApplicationWinMount ApplicationUser submitted
Final Media PlayerFinal Media PlayerUser submitted
WinRARWinRARUser submitted
Switch Sound File ConverterSwitch Sound File ConverterUser submitted
WavePad Sound EditorWavePad Sound EditorUser submitted
MplayerMplayerUser submitted
UMPlayerUMPlayerUser submitted
MediaPlayerLiteMediaPlayerLiteUser submitted
SMPlayerSMPlayerUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with VCD-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 VCD-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!