How to open CGM file extension?

The author of advice: Mr Brankiewicz

CGM files are incessantly popular. However, a file name containing CGM file extension is problematic for some of the users. They have problems with correct opening of a file with CGM extension. However, it should be remembered that CGM file extension can match one or more types of files. The most popular is Computer Graphics Metafile but if there are others, you will find information concerning them below.

So, it is worth looking close at the problem concerning CGM files and search for its solution.

A list of programs supporting files types with CGM extension can be found below. Applications are sorted according to appropriate operational systems and their popularity.

  • Computer Graphics Metafile

    .cgm file extension

    Category: Graphic Files

    OS Software
    Windows IMSI TurboCAD Deluxe 17 IMSI TurboCAD Deluxe 17
    ACD Systems Canvas 12 ACD Systems Canvas 12
    CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5 CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5
    Corel PaintShop Photo Pro X3 Corel PaintShop Photo Pro X3
    Corel WordPerfect Office X5 Corel WordPerfect Office X5
    Autodesk AutoCAD 2011 Autodesk AutoCAD 2011
    Adobe Illustrator CS5 Adobe Illustrator CS5
    CADSoftTools ABViewer CADSoftTools ABViewer
    Larson Software Technology VizEx Reader Larson Software Technology VizEx Reader
    Informative Graphics MYRIAD Desktop Informative Graphics MYRIAD Desktop
    IrfanView IrfanView
    MAC OS IMSI TurboCAD Deluxe v5 IMSI TurboCAD Deluxe v5
    Apple AppleWorks Apple AppleWorks
    Adobe Illustrator CS5 Adobe Illustrator CS5

How to check if a file we want to open is not infected by malware or viruses?

  • Download Malware/viruses removal tool from CGM files in the Windows system.
  • Click “Start scanning” and wait until the programme performs the scanning process on your computer.

What are the reasons of errors concerning CGM extension of files?

The problem that often causes damage concerning CGM extension are Windows system registry errors. That is why, in the first place it is recommended to:

  • Scan computer in order to identify, repair and open the CGM file
  • Check system registry from the angle of hidden errors
  • Repair file’s associations with programs in the system registry

If you are not sure if the above problems concern you, you should consider other frequent irregularities:

  • You do not have an appropriate application installed that supports CGM file extension
  • CGM file is corrupted
  • The application’s version necessary to open the file is not correct
  • The file is not assigned to an appropriate program

Solving problems with CGM files


If CGM file does not open, firstly, it is worth using files associations built in the Windows system with application that can support them. In order to do it, you should double-click a CGM file icon. A list of programs that probably support such a file will appear. It is enough to choose one of them so that Windows would open a given extension with it. Incorrect file’s association will result in Windows trying to open CGM file with a wrong program all the time even if there is an appropriate application supporting this format on a drive. In this case, it is necessary to perform the above mentioned registry scanning and associations’ repair.

If associations are correct and Windows still cannot open the file, most probably the computer does not have appropriate software supporting files with name containing CGM in their extension. The solution to this problem is very simple. You should buy or download a free (if they exist) application that will allow you to open, browse and edit CGM format (You can also try to find more informations on FileInfo). It is no risk because many paid programs have free test versions enabling to check their functionality.

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