What is a .SDF File And How To Open It – Symyx Technologies

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Introduction

While downloading files, you might have downloaded a file with the .sdf extension. It is possible that you know what the file does, but you are unsure on how to open it. Don’t worry! This article explains everything about the .sdf file extension, how to open and work with it on various systems.

What is a .SDF file?

The file extension .SDF is Structure Data File. It was developed by Symyx Technologies. This file belongs to the text format and it is a data related file.

What to know

There is currently 1 software that can open the .sdf file on 3 platforms.

How to open a .SDF file?

Below you can find an easy to understand, step-by-step guide to open the .SDF file on your operating system/device.

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

To open the .sdf file on Windows, please follow these 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the Avogadro software. You will be using this software in order to open the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .SDF file

2. In the second step you need to locate 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, after locating your file, right click on it and click “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 Avogadro software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .SDF file on Mac

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

1. The first step is to download the Avogadro software. You will be using this software in order to open the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .SDF file

2. The second step is locating 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: 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. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the Avogadro software 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 .SDF file on Linux

We have written below an easy-to-understand guide on how to open the .sdf file on Linux in 4 easy steps.

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

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .SDF file

2. In the second step you need to locate 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, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Open the file choosing the software

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

Still cannot open the .SDF file?

If you are still unable to open the .SDF file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. The .SDF file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .sdf – Microsoft, .sdf – Autodesk, .sdf – Massive Entertainment. 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 .SDF file with the Avogadro program on Windows, Avogadro program on Mac and Avogadro software on Linux.