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Details of the .3ds file extension

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  • What is the .3ds file?
  • What program do I need to open a .3ds file?
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1 extension(s) and 0 alias(es) found in database

.3ds file extension details

Autodesk 3D Studio Scene

Autodesk 3D Studio Scene .3ds file icon
3DS is a storage of 3D scene information for use by rendering applications.
3DS format description not yet available
Category: Document files
Application: Autodesk 3D Studio MAX
Mime-type: application/x-3ds
Magic number: -
Magic string: -
Sample: -
3DS aliases:
3DS related links:
3DS related extensions:
Lightwave 3D Object

Caligari TrueSpace Scene

Virtual Reality World

Autodesk 3D Studio Scene in ASCII

Rhino 3D Model

ArchiCAD 3D Model

Gzip Compressed WRL File

O2C 3D Model

Autodesk Maya 3D Scene Data

Autodesk Maya 3D Project

Other types of files may also use the .3ds file extension.

.3ds file extension error

The .3ds file extension is often given incorrectly!

According to the searches on our site, these misspellings were the most common in the past year:

3d, rds, ds, 3ws, 3dz, 3dw, 3dc, wds, eds, d3s, 3es, 3dx, 3de

Is it possible that the filename extension is misspelled?

We found the following similar file extensions in our database:

CAD-3D Model
Puppy Linux Save State File
DAZ Studio ASCII Script
Rhino 3D Model
Cadwork 3D Drawing
Pasco DataStudio Data
3rd Eye Scene Data
iGO 3D Building Data
Electronic Data Sheets
CityEngine Web Scene
open .3ds file

Can't open a .3ds file?

When you double-click a file to open it, Windows examines the filename extension. If Windows recognizes the filename extension, it opens the file in the program that is associated with that filename extension. When Windows does not recognize a filename extension, you receive the following message:

Windows cannot open this file:


To open this file, Windows needs to know what program you want to use to open it...

If you don't know how to set the .3ds file association, check the FAQ.

.3ds file extension

Can I change the extension of files?

Changing the filename extension of a file is not a good idea. When you change a file's extension, you change the way programs on your computer read the file. The problem is, changing the file extension does not change the file format.

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