How to open GDS files

Did your computer fail to open a GDS file? We explain what GDS files are and recommend software that we know can open or convert your GDS files.

What is a GDS file?

The GDS file extension indicates to your device which app can open the file. However, different programs may use the GDS file type for different types of data.

While we do not yet describe the GDS file format and its common uses, we do know which programs are known to open these files, as we receive dozens of suggestions from users like yourself every day about specific file types and which programs they use to open them.

We are continually working on adding more file type descriptions to the site, so if you have information about GDS files that you think will help others, please use the Update Info link below to submit it to us - we'd love to hear from you!

Generic GDS

These apps are known to open certain types of GDS files. Since many different programs may use GDS files for different purposes, you may need to try a few of the apps to open your specific GDS file.

AWR Design EnvironmentAWR Design EnvironmentUser submitted
ExpressITExpressITUser submitted
CD LabelMakerCD LabelMakerUser submitted
Klayout - Layout Viewer And EditorKlayout - Layout Viewer And EditorUser submitted
UV SolutionsUV SolutionsUser submitted
GiftWorksGiftWorksUser submitted
CleWin Layout EditorCleWin Layout EditorUser submitted

Try a universal file viewer

Try a universal file viewer like Free File Viewer. It can open over 200 different types of files - and most likely yours too. Download Free File Viewer here.

We have not verified any programs that we know for certain can work with GDS-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the Suggest link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any online services that we know for certain can work with GDS-files. If you know one, please use the Suggest link below and tell us about it!