What is a PCD File?

How to Open, Edit, & Convert PCD Files

Picture of the PCD file icon

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. The format stores five different resolutions of the image in one file.

If a PCD file isn't a Kodak image file, it may be a Pure Component Data file, a Pokemon Wonder Card file, or a Point Cloud Data file.

How To Open a PCD File

You can open a PCD file that's a Kodak Photo CD Image file with Adobe Photoshop, Corel PaintShop Pro, IrfanView (it might require a plugin), XnView, Zoner Photo Studio, and probably some other popular photo and graphics tools as well.

Note: Both the Windows and Mac version of Photoshop can open PCD files, but only if the Kodak Photo CD plugin is installed.

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 here, 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 my 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 the 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.

I'm not aware of any program or converter that can save the other PCD formats explained above to a new file format. If you do need to convert one of those PCD files, I recommend using the program that opens the file; there may be an Export or Save As option that lets you save the open PCD file to a new file format.

More Help With PCD 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 PCD file and I'll see what I can do to help.

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