What Is a CV File?

How to open, edit, & convert CV files

A CV file has a CV file extension and 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 CV files might instead be Cvip files, but we don't have any information on what a Cvip file actually is.

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 is used to store a curriculum vitae.

How to Open a CV File

Computer File Search
alexsl / Getty Images

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 an IDE and is integrated as part of that software suite's debugging tools, but we haven't been able to test this.

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

We 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.

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.

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.

Still Can't Open the File?

If you tried the CV file with the programs from above but had no luck opening or converting the file, double-check that the file extension is actually CV and not just something that looks similar. Sometimes, the reason a file won't open with a specific program is because that one file format is being confused for another.

For example, the CV suffix looks a lot like CSV, CCV (Crystal Vision Report), CVX, and ACV, but in none of those examples can the file be used with a CV opener. Each of those files requires different programs in order to view or edit them since they're in a different format.

If you don't really have a CV file and you're not sure what to do next, search for the extension here on Lifewire or on Google to find more information about the format, which will likely lead you to an appropriate program or website to open or convert it.

Another option for opening a file that doesn't have anything at all to do with the programs or file formats talked about above, is to open the file with a HEX editor, like HxD, and inspect the header. This might 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.

Was this page helpful?