.CHD File Extension

Compressed Hunks of Data

General Information

Title CHD File Extension
Extension .chd
Full Form Compressed Hunks of Data
File Type Disk Image File
Developer MAME
MIME Type application/octet-stream

File Function

Primary Function Store disk images
Additional Functions Archive game data
Features Compression, Versioning

File Characteristics

Quality High
Supports Layers No
Supports Transparency No
Editable With tools

Use Cases

Game Emulation Yes
Software Preservation Yes
Data Archival Yes

Security and Practices

Security Risks Low
Best Practices Verify sources

Historical/Version Information

Initial Release 1997
Latest Version Integrated in MAME updates

Associated Types

Similar Extensions .iso, .bin, .cue

Software Compatibility

Software Usage Policy OS Compatibility
MAME Free Windows, Mac, Linux
CHDMAN Free Windows, Mac, Linux
RetroArch Free Various