File Extension C4D

  • Full name
    CINEMA 4D File Format
  • Developer
    MAXON Computer
  • Popularity
Have you encountered a problem with a C4D 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 C4D file here. In the further part of this page we have added a list of programs that should open your C4D file. It is enough you choose a proper application for your operating system, download and install it.


The file extension C4D is used by the 3D software Cinema 4D. Maxon Cinema 4D is a 3D construction, animation and rendering program for professional use. The C4D format is the native format of Cinema 4D and includes data from 3D models, used textures and rendering settings.

C4D files are not downwardly compatible and can not be loaded in an older version. The opposite way is usually possible, although partially with restrictions. In addition, it has to be considered that C4D files saved with plugins require this plugin (usually the version number has to be the same) in order to be properly loaded. This is especially important if you want to exchange cross-platform data.

The C4D format is a proprietary format and can almost exclusively be read by Cinema 4D.

Programs which can open a C4D file

How to open a C4D file? Advice and guidance

Absolutely most often appearing reason that prevents you from opening the C4D file is the lack of a proper application to support it in your operating system. It is notably the first thing you need to address. When one of the programs to support a C4D file from the list is already installed, you can try to rerun the file. The system should display a message asking you to choose a primary application to support C4D files. At this point we are looking for disk space where the application was installed in and we can link it with a C4D file. Since then, our operating system will use the selected program to support all C4D files.

Other issues

Despite the described problem with C4D there may be many more problems. If the existing operations were not effective, get involved with the following matters:

- verify that the C4D file is not damaged and that it has been downloaded or copied in whole
- verify that the file has a file extension that has not been intentionally changed (for example, if it do not contain other information than its extension suggests)
- make sure again whether the C4D file type is linked in the operating system with a proper program
- make sure that the file is not infected with a virus and you have up to date software and drivers.

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