Detailed Description for the .cdr File Extension

Four file types are recorded to use the .cdr file extension. A detailed description of these file types is shared below.

File Type #1 – CorelDraw Image File

The .cdr file type is primarily recorded to be associated with CorelDraw. These files contain drawings created with CorelDraw.

A CorelDraw Image File (.cdr) comes under the category of Vector Image Files and the mime type is: application/coreldraw, application/x-coreldraw, application/cdr, application/x-cdr, zz-application/zz-winassoc-cdr, image/cdr, image/x-cdr.

Names of the programs that can open .cdr files

If you use Windows, you may use any of the following programs to open a .cdr file:

  • CorelDraw Graphics Suite X5
  • CorelDrawings
  • Corel PaintShop Photo Pro X3
  • Corel WordPerfect Office X5
  • ACD Systems Canvas 11
  • Adobe Illustrator CS5

If you use a Mac OS, you may use the following program to open a .cdr file:

  • Adobe Illustrator CS5

File Type #2 – Macintosh DVD/CD Master

This type of .cdr file comes under the category of Disk Files and is a disk image created on a Macintosh computer. These image files can be burned to a CD just like .iso files in Windows.

Name of the program that can open Macintosh DVD/CD (.cdr) files in Macintosh

  • Apple Disk Utility

Please note that this .cdr file type is exclusive to Mac OS, and you cannot open a .cdr file directly on a Windows computer. To open a .cdr file in Windows, you need to first convert the file to an ISO image.

File Type #3 – Crash Data Retrieval Data File

Crash Data Retrieval (CDR) devices use .cdr files to record events generated from sensors installed within a car.

Name of the program that can open Crash Data Retrieval Data (.cdr) file in Windows

  • Bosch Crash Data Retrieval System Software

File Type #4 – Raw Audio CD Data

The .cdr file extension is also used by RAW audio. These .cdr files are supported by various audio players.

Names of the programs that can open Raw Audio CD Data (.cdr) file

If you use Windows you can open .cdr files using:

  • Apple iTunes
  • Various other media players

If you use a Macintosh, you can open .cdr files using:

  • Apple iTunes
  • Roxio Toast 10 Titanium
  • Various other media players

Question: I’m unable to open a .cdr file probably because the file appears to be damaged. Can I open the file using a file extension repair tool?

Answer: Yes, you can. A reliable file extension repair program should fix the damaged file making it reusable.