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CMAP File Extension

CmapTools Concept Map Format
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What is CMAP file?

Files with CMAP extension are associated with CmapTools. CMAP is a binary file that stores a project diagram or a concept map. Concept map is a type of diagram that represents thought process (just like a mind map). Concept maps are typically used to visualize “brainstorming” sessions or knowledge models. CmapTools offers many tools for visualizing thought processes of group members. CMAP files can be exported to many popular image formats. Comments can be added to CMAP files.


Brainstorming is a type of group activity focused on gathering as much ideas as possible to find a solution to a specific problem or create an original concept. At the beginning, all ideas are treated as equally valid and in the process of discussion further analyzed and filtered to find the best one. The best or most feasible idea is selected and further discussed and refined until the final concept is formed. All members of the group should be able to see the diagram in situ. Typically diagrams are presented on a blackboard or whiteboard. Larger projects, however, may require digital tools, such as CmapTools.

Programs which support CMAP file extension

The list that follows enumerates programs compatible with CMAP files, divided into 3 categories based on operating system on which they are available. Files with CMAP suffix can be copied to any mobile device or system platform, but it may not be possible to open them properly on target system.

Programs that support CMAP file

Updated: 01/15/2024

How to open file with CMAP extension?

Being unable to open files with CMAP extension can be have various origins. What is important, all common issues related to files with CMAP extension can be resolved by the users themselves. The process is quick and doesn’t involve an IT expert. The following is a list of guidelines that will help you identify and solve file-related problems.

Step 1. Download and install CmapTools

Install software to open CMAP file The main and most frequent cause precluding users form opening CMAP files is that no program that can handle CMAP files is installed on user’s system. To address this issue, go to the CmapTools developer website, download the tool, and install it. It is that easy The full list of programs grouped by operating systems can be found above. The safest method of downloading CmapTools installed is by going to developer’s website (IHMC) and downloading the software using provided links.

Step 2. Verify the you have the latest version of CmapTools

Update software that support file extension CMAPYou still cannot access CMAP files although CmapTools is installed on your system? Make sure that the software is up to date. Software developers may implement support for more modern file formats in updated versions of their products. The reason that CmapTools cannot handle files with CMAP may be that the software is outdated. The most recent version of CmapTools is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.

Step 3. Associate CmapTools Concept Map Format files with CmapTools

If you have the latest version of CmapTools installed and the problem persists, select it as the default program to be used to manage CMAP on your device. The next step should pose no problems. The procedure is straightforward and largely system-independent

Associate software with CMAP file on Windows

Selecting the first-choice application in Windows

  • Choose the Open with entry from the file menu accessed by right-mouse clicking on the CMAP file
  • Click Choose another app and then select More apps option
  • To finalize the process, select Look for another app on this PC entry and using the file explorer select the CmapTools installation folder. Confirm by checking Always use this app to open CMAP files box and clicking OK button.
Associate software with CMAP file on Mac

Selecting the first-choice application in Mac OS

  • Right-click the CMAP file and select Information
  • Find the Open with option – click the title if its hidden
  • Select the appropriate software and save your settings by clicking Change all
  • Finally, a This change will be applied to all files with CMAP extension message should pop-up. Click Continue button in order to confirm your choice.

Step 4. Check the CMAP for errors

If you followed the instructions form the previous steps yet the issue is still not solved, you should verify the CMAP file in question. Problems with opening the file may arise due to various reasons.

Check CMAP file for viruses
1. Verify that the CMAP in question is not infected with a computer virus

If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the CMAP file hinders attempts to open it. Scan the CMAP file as well as your computer for malware or viruses. If the CMAP file is indeed infected follow the instructions below.

2. Ensure the file with CMAP extension is complete and error-free

If you obtained the problematic CMAP file from a third party, ask them to supply you with another copy. The file might have been copied erroneously and the data lost integrity, which precludes from accessing the file. If the CMAP file has been downloaded from the internet only partially, try to redownload it.

3. Check if the user that you are logged as has administrative privileges.

Some files require elevated access rights to open them. Log in using an administrative account and see If this solves the problem.

4. Make sure that the system has sufficient resources to run CmapTools

If the system is under havy load, it may not be able to handle the program that you use to open files with CMAP extension. In this case close the other applications.

5. Check if you have the latest updates to the operating system and drivers

Latest versions of programs and drivers may help you solve problems with CmapTools Concept Map Format files and ensure security of your device and operating system. It is possible that one of the available system or driver updates may solve the problems with CMAP files affecting older versions of given software.

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