.3DS File Extension

File Type:
3D Studio Scene

Having trouble opening .3ds extension? Don't panic! This page explains what 3ds files are as well as suggests programs you may use to open 3ds files. You can download these programs through this page.

What is a 3DS file?

3ds file extension has 3D Studio Scene file type, developed by Autodesk, which is associated with the "3d image files" category.

3DS files are commonly used by Autodesk 3D Studio; they provide a wide range of data, including lighting information, mesh data, bitmap references, viewport configurations, object animation data etc. Stored in a binary file format, 3DS files are quick to load and smaller than text-based files.

Though the 3DS file format is still extensively used, it has been replaced by the .MAX file format, developed for latest versions of 3DS Max software.

To learn how you can open the given file, read the information below.

3ds file icon
File Type:
3D Studio Scene
3D Image Files

How to open 3DS file?

Double click the 3ds file to open it. The file will open automatically if file associations have been correctly installed and there is a proper program on your computer; if not, file associations may be corrupted and your OS either cannot find the proper program, or you might not have one for opening the file. First, we recommend downloading our utility to fix file association errors; then, you can download any program for opening the .3ds extension from the ones suggested below. If you are certain there is nothing wrong with the file associations, you may proceed to method 2 right away; besides, if you can't make up your mind when choosing the right program, use Universal File Viewer from the last method.

Method 1: Fix file association errors

Follow these steps in order to automatically fix the 3ds extension associations' problem in no time:

  • Step 1: Click on "Download Solution" to download automatic tool provided by WikiExt.
  • Step 2: Click "Start Scan" to identify all potential issues.
  • Step 3: Review scan results and click "Fix Items".

File Size: 3.04 MB, Download time: < 1 min. on DSL/ADSL/Cable

This Tool is Compatible With: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8/8.1, 10

Method 2: Download the appropriate software

The given list provides programs which may be used for opening or converting the 3ds file. Choose the proper program for your OS, and click it to start the download or proceed to the developer's website.

Programs that open 3DS files

Method 3: Use universal file viewer

In addition to the list of programs above, we recommend using Universal File Viewer. This tool can open over 250 file extensions and, most likely, it will be able to open the 3ds file as well. Download Universal File Viewer for your OS.

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