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Details of the .gds2 file extension

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  • What is the .gds2 file?
  • What program do I need to open a .gds2 file?
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  • What are other, similar filename extensions to .gds2?

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.gds file extension details

GDSII Document

GDSII Document .gds file icon
GDS file is a GDSII document. GDSII is a database file format which is the de facto industry standard for data exchange of integrated circuit or IC layout artwork.
Category: Document files
Application: EVTView
Mime-type: application/octet-stream
Magic number: -
Magic string: -
Sample: -
GDS aliases:
GDS related links:
GDS related extensions:
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Other types of files may also use the .gds2 file extension.

.gds2 file extension error

The .gds2 file extension is often given incorrectly!

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

gds, ds2, gd2

Is it possible that the filename extension is misspelled?

We found the following similar file extensions in our database:

GDSII Document
SmartWare Scientific Graph Definition File
DSS Pro Voice
Gerber Drill Drawing Data
GD Library 2 Image
DeSmuME Saved State
open .gds2 file

Can't open a .gds2 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 .gds2 file association, check the FAQ.

.gds2 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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