What is a .CDF File And How To Open It – Crytek (Guide)


Have you downloaded a file with .cdf extension, but you are not sure what it is? You most likely know what the file is, but you might be unsure on how to open it. Fear not, in this article we will show you how to easily open the .cdf file in few simple steps on various systems.

What is a .CDF file?

The file extension .CDF stands for CryENGINE Character Definition File. The creator of this file extension is Crytek. The file is a development related file.

What to know

There is currently 1 software that can open the .cdf file on 1 platform.

How to open a .CDF file?

Below we will show you a step-by-step guide on how to open the .CDF file on various operating systems.

How to open a .CDF file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

Below you can see a visual guide on how to open the .cdf file on Windows in 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the Crytek CryENGINE SDK software. This software will be used for opening the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: Crytek CryENGINE SDK.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .CDF file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the Crytek CryENGINE SDK software that you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Windows.

Still cannot open the .CDF file?

If you are still unable to open the .CDF file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .CDF file.cdf – Wolfram Research, .cdf – GSFC, .cdf – Affymetrix, .cdf – ECMG, .cdf – bsmArt Consulting, .cdf – NetCDF. You might be trying to open one of them. Please recheck the file extension again.


In this article you have learned how to open the .CDF file with the Crytek CryENGINE SDK program on Windows.