What Is a PCD File?

How to open, edit, and convert PCD files

Screenshot of PCD Files

A file with the PCD file extension is a Kodak Photo CD Image file. They're used for storing high-resolution photos on CDs, as well as by Kodak scanning hardware.

These types of PCD files store compressed images and can maintain five different resolutions of the same photo in a single file, including 192x128, 384x256, 768x512, 1536x1024, and 3072x2048.

If a PCD file isn't a Kodak image file, it might be a Pure Component Data file, a Pokemon Wonder Card file or a Point Cloud Data file. If you know your file isn't in any of these file formats, you might be misreading the file extension (there's more on that at the bottom of this page).

How to Open a PCD File

You can open a PCD file that's a Kodak Photo CD Image file with ThumbsPlus, Corel PaintShop Pro, IrfanView (it might require a plugin and might only work in the 32-bit version), XnView, Zoner Photo Studio, and probably some other popular photo and graphics tools as well.

Adobe Photoshop works, too, but only if it's CS3 or CS2.

PCD files in the Pure Component Data format are chemical data files used by the ChemSep program.

PCD files that are Pokemon Wonder Card files unlock new events and other things in the Pokemon Nintendo DS game. Pokemon Mystery Gift Editor can edit these types of PCD files while the PokeGen program should be able to open PCD files so that they can be imported into saved Pokemon games (files with the .SAV extension).

Point Cloud Library can open Point Cloud Data files. You can read more about the format on the Point Cloud Library website.

If you find that an application on your PC does try to open the PCD file but it's the wrong application or if you would rather have another installed program open PCD files, see our How to Change the Default Program for a Specific File Extension guide for making that change in Windows.

How to Convert a PCD File

pcdtojpeg converts a Kodak Photo CD Image file's highest available resolution into a JPG file on both Windows and macOS. This tool is used through the command line, so be sure to read the Usage section of their website to understand how it works.

Another option for converting a PCD image file is to use CoolUtils.com. Upload the PCD file to that website and you'll have the option to convert PCD to JPG, BMP, TIFF, GIF, ICO, PNG or PDF.

If you have a PCD file that's a Point Cloud Data file, see this documentation page for help converting the PCD to PLY (a Polygon Model file) using the pcd2ply command. PointClouds.org also has information on saving a PolygonMesh object to an STL file if you're interested in doing that.

Still Can't Open Your File?

Some file formats use an extension that looks like "PCD" but are actually spelled differently and used with some other program for some other purpose. It's similar to the fact that two PCD files might be entirely different kinds of files (e.g. one is a Point Cloud Data file and the other is a Kodak Photo CD Image file).

One example is PSD, which is a type of image format that programs like Photoshop can open but others like ChemSep cannot. Although PSD files share a couple of the same letters as the file extension in PCD files, they are not the same thing or even necessarily related (i.e., they're not both image files just because their file extensions are similar).

Some other examples of file extensions that are spelled like PCD include PCB (Printed Circuit Board Design), PCM (Pulse Code Modulation), BCD (Windows Boot Configuration Data or RealView Debugger Board Chip Definition), PDC (Lizard Safeguard Secure PDF), PCK (System Center Configuration Manager Package or Perfect World Data), PCX and PCL (Printer Command Language Document).