Open CDA files

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Have you encountered a problem with a CDA file? Don’t you know which program opens a file with this extension? You will find all the information you need about working with a CDA file here. In the further part of this page we have added a list of programs that should open your CDA file. It is enough you choose a proper application for your operating system, download and install it.

What is CDA file?

Files with the extension CDA usually contain no data in the true sense. They merely represent links to the individual tracks on an audio CD and can only be played by one of them.

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The audio data of a CD when copied from the AudioCD is usually contained in wav or aif files. It is not enough to copy the CDA file to the computer. To copy the actual audio data, you need special software.

Programs which can open a CDA file

How to open file with CDA extension?

In order to open a file with CDA extension one of the following programs must be installed on user’s system. If a problem with opening CDA file occurred, it is highly possible that none of the listed programs is present on user’s system. Even if one or more said programs are installed, there may be issues related with given programs. In order to solve a problem with CDA files, follow the instructions below.
Install iTunes or other program from the list

Most often resolving problems with opening CDA files is very simple. Just install an appropriate program that supports such files. All of the listed programs support CDA files, but may vary in offered function and purpose. Some programs may be capable only of viewing contents of CDA files or offer file conversion options, but may not be capable of editing such files.

Set iTunes as the default program for opening CDA files

It is possible that although a compatible program has been installed on user’s system, it is not used by the system to open it. This may happen because no default application was associated with this type of files. To associate CDA files with given application, select "Open with" from drop-down menu (accessed by right-clicking on the file). Then select from the list the program or application you want to be used to open this type of file. If the iTunes applications is not on the list, select "Browse" option in order to manually locate the directory where iTunes has been installed.


Check the section that lists most common problems with CDA files

Sometimes problems with opening CDA files may not lie with the application itself, but can arise due to other causes, such as:

  • File data is corrupted
  • CDA files has been not been completely download from the internet (only a part of the data has been downloaded)
  • Currently used user account hasn’t been granted necessary privileges to open CDA files (should that be the case, please contact your system administrator or IT specialist)
  • CDA file was being copied from a corrupted storage device and is incomplete or data is corrupted. (Copying files from unknown or untrusted sources should be conducted with great care as such files may contain malicious software, which can damage your system)