What is a CV File?

How to Open, Edit, & Convert CV Files

CV Files
CV Files.

A file with the CV file extension might be related to either Corel Versions, as an archive file type, or Microsoft CodeView, enabling a multi-screen application that supports source code editing and debugging.

Some files with the CV file extension might instead be Cvip files, but I don't have any information on what a Cvip file actually is.

Important: The common use of "CV" refers to a curriculum vitae which is like a longer and more detailed version of a resume. So in this case, a "CV File" might simply be referring to a file of any type (like a PDF, DOCX, or RTF document) that's used to store a curriculum vitae.

How To Open a CV File

CV files that are Versions files are opened using Corel Versions, an add-on program that existed only with Corel WordPerfect 8 and 9. If you have the program on your computer, opening the CV file is more than likely done through an import menu of some sort and not just by double-clicking on the CV file.

Given that they're archive files, you might be able to extract usable data from these types of CV files using a free file extractor tool like 7-Zip, but doing so won't let you use the files as an add-on like they're actually intended.

A CV file that's a CodeView file may open with Microsoft Visual Studio considering that the CodeView program became IDE and is integrated as part of that software suite's debugging tools, but I haven't been able to test this personally.

Still can't open your file even with the programs I mentioned? It's possible you're just misreading the file extension and you aren't actually dealing with a CV file. Some file formats use a similar file extension even if the formats have nothing to do with each other, like CSV, CCV (Crystal Vision Report), CVX, SCV, or ACV files.

Tip: The file you have that you're trying to open may not have anything at all to do with the programs or file formats I've talked about already. If you suspect that's the case, try opening the file with a HEX editor, like HxD, and inspect the header, which could help you determine what type of file it is. A text editor like Notepad++ is another idea, which might be the solution if the file ends up being text-only.

See How To Change the Default Program for a Specific File Extension for a how-to on changing the program that opens a file when you double-click on it, something you'll need to do if Windows has one program configured to open CV files but it's not the one you want to use for them.

How To Convert a CV File

I don't know of any file converter or CV opener that can convert a CV file to any other format. The CV formats explained above appear to be useful only in the programs they're intended for, so converting one to a new format would likely be of no benefit anyway.

Important: Converting files to a different format requires an actual conversion process to take place. This means you can't just rename a file (like .CV) to another format (e.g. .ZIP) and expect the new file to behave differently at the data level. The only benefit to renaming a file instead of converting it is that a different program on your computer will be associated with opening it.

Tip: If you've stumbled here wanting to convert not an actual .CV file but a curriculum vitae file, to PDF, HTML, DOCX, or some other document format, your best bet is to use a free document converter like FileZigZag.

More Help With CV Files

See Get More Help for information about contacting me on social networks or via email, posting on tech support forums, and more. Let me know what kinds of problems you're having with opening or using the CV file and I'll see what I can do to help.