How to open and view .cbr and .cbz files

Have you ever came across a .cbr or .cbz file? Well, these are basically .rar and .zip files that are meant to be used with comic reading programs. My favorite comic book reading program is CdisplayEX. It is an open source clone of an older program, CDisplay.

Start out by downloading CDisplayEX. After you have CDisplayEX installed, launch it. You can press W to switch between windowed and full screen viewing. You can go to File -> Load Files to open a folder of images, a compressed file full images, or many other image related things. You can scroll through the comic with your mouses scroll wheel or drag the page with a mouse click. You can also use your arrow keys to move the page around and use the Page Up and Page Down button to switch between pages.

Under the Option menu, you’ll find lots of things. One useful thing is Auto Colors, which you can activate at any time by pressing ctrl+a. This tries to enhance the colors of the images you view. If you want to expand the image to fit your screen, you can go to Option -> Fit -> Portrait -> and click Under Width. See the comparison picture below.

Do you use another program to read comics on your computer? Feel free to talk about them in the comments.

  • GOD BLESS U !!! i’ve been looking for a programme to turn that on for ages !!

  • Kaltz Mistl

    Nice! I just got some CBR files and wondered how to view them, and then I found this answer very quickly. Nice, thanks!

  • matias

    hola, el programe me ha servido, corre re bien en vista 64, muchisimas gracias..!!!

  • matias

    well, now in english, thank you very much, the program is perfect for window vista 64, thanks …!!!

  • Danilo

    Io ho semplicemente usato 7-zip con cui ho estratto i file da un cbz

  • If you run windows and have a 3d graphics card, give Comic Room a try. It’s free, 3d and sexy.

  • Cedric

    Mto bom esse programa

  • shadower

    I use STDU Viewer ( for CBR, CBZ and also for PDF, DjVu, XPS and images. Very good software. Hardly recomend.

  • James

    Thank you so very much! I just downloaded this program and was trying to adjust the comic image to go full screen, but didn’t have any luck.( I was adjusting the fit with the C + W command but it wasn’t working.) Came across your article from google search and loved the control A shortcut you mentioned! Works like a charm! And the advice on the “expand image to fit your screen” was just what I needed to be able to zoom in for better reading! Funny thing is when first installed, all I got was the gray screen with no tips and right clicked on the screen to get a menu for navigation. Anyways, I recommend this program especially if you have an older computer and just need a simple viewer for comic/image files. The STDU that is mentioned looks good but sys requirements says 512 MB RAM so that counts that one out for me lol!

  • Ritwik

    I can never thank you enough…..JAI HO!!!!! Thanks…..

  • Nice. Thnxs

  • chhuana

    S Huse, ur ‘simple help’ solved my complex prob. live forever!

  • Blink

    It doesn’t work for me. I click ‘file’, then ‘load files’ but when i choose a cbz file it says ‘error when loading…’ and then the file name. What’s wrong?

  • Lloyd Christmas

    CDisplay works for me. The others got a bit complicated. Thanks.

  • Anonymous

    Okular, Evince

  • mikan

    well it isn’t that good of course………….

  • G40rc3

    thank you so very much ^_^ \hugz

  • Pranav

    Thanks a million

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