DS File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open a DS file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .DS files.

What is a DS file?

Files that contain the .ds file extension are most commonly associated with TWAIN-compatible scanning software applications.

The DS files that are used by these software programs contain data source files that are used for the TWAIN-compatible software program. The software and the related data source files provide a communication interface between the computer and the scanner when a user scans a document from a scanner into their computer using the associated scanning software.

The Microsoft SQL software application is also known to use the .ds file extension. These DS files contain the server data source files that are used by the program.

How to open DS files

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension DS for different purposes.

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

Suggest another file format using extension DS

While we know of one file format using the .DS file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .DS file.

Various viewers for this file format

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

DAZ StudioDAZ StudioUser submitted
DSEDIT ApplicationDSEDIT ApplicationUser submitted
DSEditor ApplicationDSEditor ApplicationUser submitted
DataViewerDataViewerUser submitted
Dyno-ScanDyno-ScanUser submitted
Paraben's Device SeizureParaben's Device SeizureUser submitted
Movie MakerMovie MakerUser submitted
1.9.8r71.9.8r7User submitted submitted
Cintra Payroll SystemCintra Payroll SystemUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with DS-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 DS-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!