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
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.