DDS File

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?

DDS files have multiple uses, and DirectX DirectDraw Surface is one of them. Read more about the others further down the page.

DirectX DirectDraw Surface

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 2 DDS openers that are compatible with this specific type of DDS file.

Programs that open DirectX DirectDraw Surface files

Last updated: November 9, 2022

More file formats using the DDS extension

Through our research of DDS files, we know that the following formats exist. However, we have not yet analyzed them in detail.

  • Fusion Dialog Development System Dialog

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.

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

Help us help others helps thousands of users every day, and we would love to hear from you if you have additional information about DDS file formats, example files, or compatible programs. Please use the links below or email us at to discuss further.