GDS File - opening and understanding

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

What is a GDS file?

A .GDS file is a GDSII stream format layout file. Through our analysis of GDS files, we know that one use of the format is GDSII stream format layout . 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.

How to open GDS 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 GDS for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 7 different GDS openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension GDS

While we know of one file format using the .GDS 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 .GDS file.

Various viewers for this file format

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

ExpressITExpressITUser submitted
CD LabelMakerCD LabelMakerUser submitted
Klayout - Layout Viewer And EditorKlayout - Layout Viewer And EditorUser submitted
AWR Design EnvironmentAWR Design EnvironmentUser submitted
UV SolutionsUV SolutionsUser submitted
GiftWorksGiftWorksUser submitted
CleWin Layout EditorCleWin Layout EditorUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with GDS-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 GDS-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!