CDR File Extension

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CorelDRAW Image Format
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What is CDR file?

Files with the .CDR extension contain vector graphic stored in a proprietary format of the CorelDraw graphic program. CorelDraw is designed for creating and editing 2 D images, such as brochures, posters and logotypes. Storing format has changed along with software versions, since 1993, when it was decided that along with the Corel Draw 3, the RIFF format will be used for the CDR structure. Currently, a CDR file is a ZIP package containing different files, including XML and RIFF and DAT data files.

A CDR drawing may contain:

  • Graphic,
  • Background,
  • Shapes,
  • Lines,
  • Text,
  • Imposed effects.

Additional information

Due to the fact that CDR format is not very mobile, it is advised to export graphic projects into popular formats, such as JPEG, PDF or BMP. CDR files can be stored also as CDT templates, so that their elements can be used again. Range of possibilities of a CDR file is similar to the Adobe Illustrator – AI format. Although the format is proprietary, using backward engendering on the code led to creation of the libcdr library, which enables to read files stored by programs since the 7th version, up to the X3 version. There are also browsers and programs enabling to convert CDR format into other graphic formats.

Programs that support CDR file

Conversion of a CDR file

When you install one of the applications from the list of programs that you found here, you should be able to open or edit the file with the CDR extension without any issue. However, if you still have problems with this, you may use the option of CDR file conversion to a different format.

File Conversions from CDR extension to a different format
File conversions from other format to CDR file

We hope we helped you solve the problem with the CDR file. If you do not know where you can download the application from our list, click on the link (which is the name of the program) - you will find more information there on the location where to download the secure setup version of the required application.

What else may cause problems?

There can be more reasons which determine that you are not able to open the CDR file (apart from the lack of the proper application installed).

First - the CDR file may be incorrectly associated with the application installed to support it. In this case, you need to change this association by yourself. To do this, right-click on the CDR file that you want to edit, click "Open with" and then select the program from the list that you have installed. After this operation, the problems with opening the CDR file should be solved.

Second - the file you want to open can simply be damaged. Then, the best solution is to find a new version of given file, or download it again from the same source as before (maybe for some reason in the previous session the download of the CDR file has not been completed and it cannot be opened properly).

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