Open CDR File

Information, tips and instructions

Open CDR files without CorelDraw

It may be the case that you receive a CDR file and do not have CorelDraw installed on your computer, either because you have not purchased the license, or because you use an operating system other than Windows. It is important to notice that CDR file extension could be used by applications other than CorelDraw for purposes different from storing vector files. Thus, it is good to know that the file you intend to open is indeed a vector CDR file.

Some paid programs that open CDR files are:

  • Adobe Illustrator
  • ACD Systems canvas

Some free programs are:

  • Inkscape
  • CDR Viewer

In this article we will focus on the use of the Inkscape program, which you can download from the link:


Inkscape is an open source vector graphics editor, similar to Corel Draw and other vector image editing programs. Any project can be exported to formats ideal for both web browsers and printers. Inkscape is cross platform, which guarantees compatibility between various operating systems.

Below you can see the simplicity of the work process with Inkscape.

Step 1: Open the Inkscape program.

Step 2: File Menu

Open the file menu and then “Open…” and look for the CDR file.

Step 3: Vectors

As you can see, the image we take as an example is vectorized and you can break it down into how many vectors it has, to proceed to make the modifications or add the elements you want.


If you wish to open a file by double clicking on the file, you must ensure that the extension is associated with the program. There is the option to right click on the file and then go to the "Open with ..." menu and look for the executable of the Inkscape program.

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CDR Quick Info
  CorelDraw Vector File Format
  application/cdr   application/coreldraw   application/x-cdr   application/x-coreldraw   image/cdr   image/x-cdr
Opens with
  Corel CorelDraw
  Adobe Illustrator