How to Open CDR Files Without CorelDRAW

If you don’t have access to CorelDRAW, there are other ways you can open a CDR file. Here are the three simple ways to do it.

Using Inkscape

Inkscape is a free program that allows you to view and edit CDR files.

  1. Go to, and download the program.

    Inkscape download
    Download Inkscape.
  2. Once the program is installed, go to File > Open.

    InkScape file open
    Go to File > Open.
  3. Locate the CDR file you wish to open and click on Open.

    InkScape open
    Locate the CDR file and click on Open.
  4. Then select the page you wish to open and click on OK.

    Select the page
    Choose the page you wish to open and click on OK.

Using BitRecover

BitRecover is a free program perfect for viewing CDR files, although it doesn’t allow you to edit them.

  1. Go to and download the program.

    BitRecover program
    Download the BitRecover program.
  2. The program should download quite fast. Once you install it, you will immediately be able to view any CDR files.
  3. To do this, open the BitRecover program, and go to File > Open.

    Opening the file
    Go to File > Open.
  4. Find the file you wish to open. Select it, and click on Open.

    Locate the file
    Locate the CDR file, and click on Open.
  5. When the file opens, you will be able to scroll through the pages on the left side.

    Listing pages
    Scroll through the pages on the left.

Open CorelDRAW Files Online

Different online apps allow you to open CDR files, such as GroupDocs. This is a free online app through which you can view, save as PDF, and print ]CDR files. But you cannot edit them.

  1. Go to

    GroupdDocs app
    Open the GroupdDocs website.
  2. Click on the white square, and locate your CDR file. Then click on OK. You can view all the pages of your .cdr file.

    Locate your file
    Click on the Upload icon, and locate the CDR file. Then click on Open.
  3. If you want to print your document, click on the Print icon.

    To print the documents, click on the Print icon.
  4. Adjust your printing settings, and click on Print.

    Adjust printing settings
    Set up your printing options and click on Print.
  5. You can also download the PDF version of your CDR file. To do this, click on Download PDF.

    Download PDF
    Click on Download PDF if you want to download the PDF version of your file.
  6. Choose where you wish to save the PDF download, and click on Save.

    Saving PDF
    Choose where you want to save the PDF file and click on Save.

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