DDS File Type

- The quick facts

What are DDS files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a DDS file or just wondering what they contain? We explain what these files are used for and show you software that we know can open or otherwise handle your files.

What is a DDS file?

A .DDS file is a DirectX DirectDraw Surface file. DDS stands for DirectDraw Surface. The DDS file format is frequently used to store textures and environment maps used in gaming applications.

The DDS file format is used by applications using Microsoft's DirectX technology. This file format allows a user to store both uncompressed and compressed pixel formats. The files are compressed using the S3 Texture Compression algorithm, which is implemented in many computer graphics cards.

That the algorithm is implemented in the graphic card and not in software means that the files can be decompressed really fast by the hardware of the computer. This makes it optimal for use in games and other graphics-heavy multimedia applications where display speed is essential.

How to open DDS files

We have identified 1 DDS opener for Windows that is compatible with this specific type of DDS file.

Programs that open DirectX DirectDraw Surface files

We have not yet verified any programs for Mac that work with this specific file format. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below. Thanks!
We have not yet verified any web services that work with this specific file format. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below. Thanks!

Last updated: December 22, 2021

Other file formats using extension .DDS

While DirectX DirectDraw Surface is a popular type of DDS-file, we know of 2 different uses of the .DDS extension. Different software may use files with the same extension for different types of data.

Fusion Dialog Development System Dialog

Through our analysis of DDS files, we know that one use of the format is Fusion Dialog Development System Dialog. We have not yet described in detail what these files contain and what they are used for, but our team is working tiredlessly through thousands of file formats. We'd love hearing from you if you have information about the format.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different DDS openers which you will find listed below.

Various apps that use files with this extension

These apps are known to open certain types of DDS files. Remember, different programs may use DDS files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

IrfanViewIrfanViewUser submitted
HoneyviewHoneyviewUser submitted
Microsoft DirectXMicrosoft DirectXUser submitted
Ashampoo Photo CommanderAshampoo Photo CommanderUser submitted
ImagineImagineUser submitted
Adobe PhotoshopAdobe PhotoshopUser submitted
MysticThumbsMysticThumbsUser submitted
Paint.NETPaint.NETUser submitted
DDS ViewerDDS ViewerUser submitted
GIMPGIMPUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with DDS-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with DDS-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!