File Type Computer Graphics Metafile IconComputer Graphics Metafile
File Format Standard
Usage Open manually
Popularity ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆  Common

Vector graphics format designed to support the needs of many graphics applications; originally used for clip art libraries, but newer revisions (based on the ISO/IEC 8632 standard) are now commonly used for CAD drawings.

CGM files are encoded using one of three different methods:

  1. Binary encoding - Standard file encoding that enables software programs to read the file quickly and efficiently.
  2. Character-based encoding - Produces the smallest possible file size, which saves disk space and allows for faster data transfers.
  3. Clear-text encoding - Allows users to read and understand the contents of the file and modify the file using a basic text editor.

Open With

IconIMSI TurboCAD for Windows

IconACD Systems Canvas

IconCorelDRAW Graphics Suite


IconIMSI TurboCAD for Mac

IconApple AppleWorks

IconAdobe Illustrator

Updated December 18, 2018
Information from the PC File Extensions Reference