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.cdf File Extension

Developer: Wolfram Research
File type: Computable Document Format File
You're here because you have a file that has a file extension ending in .cdf. Files with the file extension .cdf can only be launched by certain applications. It's possible that .cdf files are data files rather than documents or media, which means they're not meant to be viewed at all.

what is a .cdf file?

The CDF in files with the .cdf extension stands for computable document format, and this file format was developed by Wolfram Research as a multimedia encoding standard of interactive documents that can contain different text formatting attributes and multimedia elements. These multimedia elements are mostly visual objects like charts and graphs that can also be integrated with interactive functionalities, which can be done through features provided by the CDF Player software. Files appended with the CDF extension can be created, opened and accessed using the CDF Player software. Microsoft Windows-based systems with this software can also view the content of these CDF files for further editing, and there are CDF Player versions provided by Wolfram Research for Linux and Mac platforms. The Wolfram CDF Player plug-in software can also be installed in a Microsoft Windows-based system to implement support into standard Web browsers for opening and viewing the content of these CDF files. This plug-in software also has versions for Linux and Mac systems. Some mobile platforms with support for these standard Web browsers may also have support for these CDF files.

how to open a .cdf file?

Launch a .cdf file, or any other file on your PC, by double-clicking it. If your file associations are set up correctly, the application that's meant to open your .cdf file will open it. It's possible you may need to download or purchase the correct application. It's also possible that you have the correct application on your PC, but .cdf files aren't yet associated with it. In this case, when you try to open a .cdf file, you can tell Windows which application is the correct one for that file. From then on, opening a  .cdf file will open the correct application. Click here to fix .cdf file association errors

applications that open a .cdf file

Wolfram Research CDF Player

Wolfram Research CDF Player

CDF Player is software that was developed by Wolfram Research which provides its users the capability of viewing files written in Computable Document Format more commonly known as CDF. The software was made available to users of Linux, Microsoft Windows and Macintosh but cannot be used with tablets or ebooks. CDF Player provides its users with different capabilities which include interacting with the different applications which are part of the Wolfram Demonstrations Project, exploring documents which are deemed to be interactive using the web browser, and viewing different Mathematica reports, files and examples. It provides its users with different tools which can also be found in the Mathematica Player including tools being used for analysing and visualizing graphs, 2D as well as 3D image recognition, text mining, adding different types of user interfaces which are commonly used for applications and calculations.

a word of warning

Be careful not to rename the extension on .cdf files, or any other files. This will not change the file type. Only special conversion software can change a file from one file type to another.

what is a file extension?

A file extension is the set of three or four characters at the end of a filename; in this case, .cdf. File extensions tell you what type of file it is, and tell Windows what programs can open it. Windows often associates a default program to each file extension, so that when you double-click the file, the program launches automatically. When that program is no longer on your PC, you can sometimes get an error when you try to open the associated file.

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