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DDS file extension

The table below provides useful information about the .dds file extension. It answers questions such as:

  • What is the .dds file?
  • What program do I need to open a .dds file?
  • How can the .dds file be opened, edited or printed?
  • How can I convert .dds files to another format?

We hope you find this page helpful and a valuable resource!

3 extension(s) and 0 alias(es) found in database

✅ Microsoft DirectX DirectDraw Surface

DDS file is a Microsoft DirectX DirectDraw Surface. The file format supports mipmaps, cube maps, and volume maps. The DDS file format is supported by D3DX and other DirectX tools such as the DirectX Texture Editor (Dxtex.exe) and the Texture Conversion Tool (Texconv.exe).
Category: Graphic files
Application: DirectX SDK
Mime-type: image/x-dds
Magic number: -
Magic string: -
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DDS related links:
DDS related extensions:
Microsoft DirectX D3D Vertex Shader

Microsoft DirectX D3D Compiled Vertex Shader

Microsoft DirectX Compressed Texture Data

PowerVR Texture

Microsoft DirectX D3D Compiled Pixel Shader

✅ MAP Service Document

DDS file is a MAP Service Document. The Landis+Gyr MAP Service Tool was developed to support the dialog meters. It is able to communicate with all modern electronic meters from Landis+Gyr and also with many units from other manufacturers, which comply with the standards according to dlms or IEC 62056-21 (formerly IEC 1107).
Category: Data files
Application: Landis+Gyr MAP
Mime-type: application/octet-stream
Magic number: -
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Sample: -
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MAP GMS Installation Document

MAP Parameterisation Document

MAP dlms User Association Document

MAP IEC Document

MAP Device Document

✅ Amazon Lumberyard DirectDraw Surface Data

DDS file is an Amazon Lumberyard DirectDraw Surface Data. Amazon Lumberyard is a free, cross-platform, 3D game engine that allows you to create high-quality games, connect your games to the compute and storage of the AWS Cloud.
DDS format description not yet available
Application: Amazon Lumberyard
Mime-type: application/octet-stream
Magic number: -
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Amazon Lumberyard Uber File

Amazon Lumberyard Character Definition Data

Amazon Lumberyard Terrain Block Data

Amazon Lumberyard FBX Rules Data

Amazon Lumberyard Character Asset Data

Amazon Lumberyard Skinned Character Data

Amazon Lumberyard Static Geometry Data

Amazon Lumberyard CAD Exchange Data

Amazon Lumberyard Material Data

Amazon Lumberyard Motion Set Data

Other types of files may also use the .dds file extension.

🔄 .dds converters

The following softwares are capable of converting .dds files to other formats:


For example, using the softwares above, a .dds file can be converted into one of the following formats:

kps, fits, xv, kfx, ef3, exr, dxf, jbig, si, bum, bmp, apx, jps, mbfs, vda

🚫 The .dds file extension is often given incorrectly!

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

cds, dcs, dd, ddc, dde, ddw, ddx, ddz, des, dfs, drs, ds, dsd, dss, dvs

Is it possible that the filename extension is misspelled?

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🔴 Can't open a .dds 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 .dds file association, check the FAQ.

🔴 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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