File Type Remote Desktop Configuration File IconRemote Desktop Configuration File
File Format Proprietary (Microsoft)
Usage Open manually; may be referenced by an application
Popularity ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆  Common

An RDP file contains settings for a remote desktop connection. It includes the server address, username, password, compression settings, dimensions of the remote desktop, and other values.

RDP files are supported by remote access programs that are based on Microsoft's Remote Desktop Services. Since they are saved in a text format, they can be viewed and edited with a text editor.

Info About Microsoft Remote Desktop Services

Remote Desktop Services (formerly Terminal Services) allows users to access programs and files on remote Windows computers. Remote Desktop Connection software is available for Windows and Macintosh systems and can be used to create secure connections to Windows PCs. Once connected to a remote system, users can run programs, transfer files, and print remote documents.

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IconMicrosoft Remote Desktop Connection

IconMicrosoft Terminal Services Client


IconMicrosoft Remote Desktop Connection for Mac


IconTerminal Server Client

Published December 14, 2009
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