How to open GDS files

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

What is a GDS file?

GDS files are GDSII stream format layout files, which you can read more about below.

The GDS file extension indicates to your device which app can open the file. However, different apps may use the same file extension for different types of data. So a GDS opener may not be able to open all kinds of GDS files. In this case, though, we only know of one specific use.

GDSII stream format layout

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.

We have not verified any programs yet that works with this specific format. If you know any, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below. Thanks!

GDS file openers, viewers, etc.

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 programs that we know for certain can work with GDS-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the Suggest link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any online services that we know for certain can work with GDS-files. If you know one, please use the Suggest link below and tell us about it!