.DDS File Extension

File Type:
DirectDraw Surface

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

What is a DDS file?

Dds file extension has DirectDraw Surface file type, developed by Microsoft, which is associated with the "raster image files" category.

Image file typically contains uncompressed or compressed pixel formats. It may also save Windows desktop wallpapers. DDS files come in a raster image format. They can be applied for texturing video game unit models.

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

dds file icon
File Type:
DirectDraw Surface
Raster Image Files

How to open DDS file?

Double click the dds 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 .dds 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 dds 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".

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Method 2: Download the appropriate software

The given list provides programs which may be used for opening or converting the dds 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 DDS files

  • Windows Windows
    • Viewer Plus Viewer Plus
    • Windows Texture Viewer Windows Texture Viewer
    • XnViewMP XnViewMP
    • IrfanView with IrfanView Formats plugin IrfanView with IrfanView Formats plugin
    • Adobe Photoshop with NVIDIA DDS plugin Adobe Photoshop with NVIDIA DDS plugin
    • GIMP with DDS plugin GIMP with DDS plugin
  • MacOS MacOS
  • Linux Linux
  • Android Android
    • Viewer for Android Viewer for Android

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 dds file as well. Download Universal File Viewer for your OS.

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