What is a .CDR File And How To Open It – Corel

Introduction

Have you came across a file with the .cdr extension and you don’t know what it is? You most likely know what the file is, but you might be unsure on how to open it. Don’t worry! This article explains everything about the .cdr file extension, how to open and work with it on various systems.

What is a .CDR file?

The file extension .CDR stands for CorelDRAW Image File. The development of this file was done by Corel. The format of this file is binary, and it is a vector related file.

What to know

There are currently 4 software that can open the .cdr file on 3 platforms.

How to open a .CDR file?

Below we have written a comprehensive guide on how to open the .CDR file on various operating systems.

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

There are 4 simple steps to open the .cdr file on Windows.

1. In the first step you need to download the Inkscape software. This software will be used for opening the file. You can also use Corel PaintShop Pro, ideaMK CDR Viewer and Inkscape software.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .CDR file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

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 Inkscape software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .CDR file on Mac

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

1. In the first step you need to download the Bluetail CDRViewer software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. You can also use Inkscape and Bluetail CDRViewer software.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .CDR file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

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

How to open a .CDR file on Linux

There are 4 simple steps to open the .cdr file on Linux.

1. The first step is to download the Inkscape software. This software will be used for opening the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .CDR file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Hover over the “Open with” button

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

Step 4

Step 4: Open the file choosing the software

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the Inkscape software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Linux.

Still cannot open the .CDR file?

If you are still unable to open the .CDR file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. The .CDR file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .cdr – Bosch. You might be trying to open one of them. Please recheck the file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .CDR file with the Inkscape, Corel PaintShop Pro, ideaMK CDR Viewer programs on Windows, Bluetail CDRViewer, Inkscape programs on Mac and Inkscape software on Linux.