Transfer CoRD bookmarks to Microsoft Remote Desktop

Back in January I called Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) dead. Microsoft proved me wrong a few days ago, although RDC did appear to be in a deep deep coma for a long time, and I’ve really enjoyed the new version on both my Mac and iOS devices. It works great with a few minor annoyances such as no ability to disable the Command key as the Windows key.

Having called RDC dead I still needed a remote desktop client and I settled with CoRD, an open source SourceForge project that’s been around for seven years. CoRD is a mature product even if it’s still only versioned at 0.5.7. I’ve been using it heavily for the past year and it’s been solid.

Now I want to try Microsoft Remote Desktop but I have a couple dozen bookmarks for various clients in CoRD. The new RDC has an import feature to import bookmarks saved in the .rdp file format but CoRD doesn’t have an Export feature.

No problem! You have two ways to move CoRD bookmarks to RDC.

Method 1

The first method uses CoRD to create a bookmark that RDC can import.

  1. Open CoRD and drag each bookmark from the Servers drawer to your desktop.CoRD drag bookmark
  2. Open Microsoft Remote Desktop, choose File > Import, select one or more bookmarks on the desktop and click the Open button.

Method 2

The second method involves copying the individual .rdp files from CoRD’s preferences folder to the desktop and then importing them into RDC.

  1. In the Finder hold the Option key while choosing Go menu > Library.
  2. Inside the Library folder navigate to Application Support > CoRD > Servers and locate the individual .rdp bookmark files.CoRD bookmarks
  3. Drag one or more .rdp bookmark files to your desktop so they’re easily accessible.
  4. Open Microsoft Remote Desktop, choose File > Import, select one or more bookmarks on the desktop and click the Open button.

What type of .rdp bookmark file can Microsoft Remote Desktop not import? Surprisingly, it cannot import .rdp files created by its predecessor Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection Client 2.1.1 for Mac. Its file format is plist, which is an XML file format rather than the proprietary .rdp file format RDC for Windows, CoRD and the new software uses.

Unless you have lots of bookmarks, recreating them in Microsoft Remote Desktop is the simplest solution for converting. Maybe a future update will address this issue.

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