What Is CDR File and How to Open & Convert It? [Full Description]

Daisy updated on Mar 22, 2023 | Home >Computer Instruction

You're not sure what is the CDR file or even how to even open CDR file? No worries, we/ve got you. This article describes the many file formats that use the CDR file extension, as well as how to open each kind and what choices you have for converting your file to a different format.

What Is the CDR File?

A CDR file is a vector drawing or document file. It generally contains information that constitutes a document or drawing, such as text, tables, lines, forms, pictures, colors, and effects attributes. These files are created with CorelDRAW. CDR files can be saved as templates to reuse the document layout. They are typically used to create letters, envelopes, web pages, banners, and other documents.

CDR extension might also include Macintosh DVD/CD Main files, which include directories and files in a single archive. Their purpose is to burn data on a disc. Another use for this extension is The Raw Audio CD Data format. The music files from the CD.

How to Open the CDR File?

Considering the fact that this type of file extension has many different formats, the first task for you is to understand the content of the file you're trying to open.

1. Open the CorelDRAW image CDR file

If you're aware of the fact that your CDR file contains an image of some sort, then you'll be using CorelDRAW Graphic Suite or CorelDRAW Paintshop to open it. There are also a few free options available such as CDR Viewer.

2. Open MACINTOSH DVD/CD main CDR file

MACINTOSH DVD/CD main CDR files are created with macOS's built-in Disk Utility program. If you're a Mac user, then the Apple Disk Utility or DiskImageMounter program is your best bet. But there are other options available too, like HFSExplorer, which is available in other operating systems too.

3. Open Raw Audio CD Data Files

CDR files may be played in iTunes or opened for burning in ImgBurn or a DVD cracking tool. You may also burn them on a CD using other apps.

How to Convert a CDR File?

The two most popular options for CDR file conversion are Zamzar and CloudConvert. The first option can function with any operating system and supports over 1200 file types. Furthermore, it has an impressive conversion speed, and the uploaded file size may be as huge as 150 MB. Utilizing Zamzar to convert your CDR files online is quite simple and only needs three steps.

First, you have to navigate to the Zamzar official website and select Add File to import the CDR file. Then Click Convert To to pick a file format, then click Convert Now. Then you wait for it to be converted and click the download button once it's finished.

CloudConvert, our second option, has been helping people since 2012. It is compatible with over 200 file formats, including audio, video, document, ebook, archive, picture, spreadsheet, and presentation. It is customizable and lets you adjust various parameters to your needs. Using CloudConvert online is just as easy as using Zamzar. Once you're on the CloudConver website, choose your CDR file by clicking the Select File button. Then, select the file format from the drop-down menu and select Convert to begin converting the CDR file.


Now you have all the information you need about CDR files and how to open or convert them. You also know about all the useful online tools to help you manage CDR files.


1. Still can't open it?

If, even with all this information and useful tools, you're still unable to open your file, check and ensure you're reading the file extension correctly. You might be looking at other files, such as CBR, CDA, or CDDA files.

2. How do you create a CDR file from a JPEG?

You'll need to use CorelDRAW to create a CDR file from a JPEG. Open the JPG in CorelDRAW, trace the picture using the PowerTRACE tool, and save it as a CDR file. You can also use online converter tools. Upload JPEG files from your computer or include a link to them. After you've uploaded your files, click the 'Start conversion' button and wait for the conversion to complete. And that's it. You got your CDR file; all you have to do is to download it.

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