The File Extensions Database


.3DS File Extension

  • Developer by: Autodesk
  • Category: 3D Image Files
  • Format: Binary

What is an .3DS file?

.3DS is 3D Studio Scene

A 3DS file is a 3D image format used by Autodesk 3D Studio. It contains mesh data, material attributes, bitmap references, smoothing group data, viewport configurations, camera locations, and lighting information. 3DS files may also include object animation data.

3DS files consist of blocks of data called "chunks" that contain an ID and length description. Chunks store the shapes, lighting, a viewing information that together represent the three-dimensional scene.

NOTE: The 3DS format has been replaced by .MAX files in newer versions of the 3ds Max software. However, the 3DS format is still widely used.

Programs that open 3D Studio Scene
Windows
Autodesk 3ds Max 2018
IMSI TurboCAD Pro
Trimble SketchUp
MeshLab
MAXON Cinema 4D
pmG messiahStudio
CADSoftTools ABViewer
Adobe Photoshop CC 2019
GLC_Player
Mac
IMSI TurboCAD Deluxe
Trimble SketchUp
Cheetah3D
MeshLab
MAXON Cinema 4D
pmG messiahStudio
Adobe Photoshop CC 2019
GLC_Player
Linux
GLC_Player
File Type 2 Nintendo 3DS ROM
Category: Game Files

Game file used by emulators for the Nintendo 3DS handheld console system, which includes Citra and TronDS; contains a copy of the data from an original game cartridge and can be played on a PC with supporting emulation software.

Some examples of 3DS emulators include TronDS and Citra.

Programs that open Nintendo 3DS ROM
Windows
Citra
TronDS
Mac
Citra
Linux
Citra

How to solve problems with 3DS files

  • Associate the 3DS file extension with the correct application. On :
    Windows: Right click on any 3DS file and then click "Open with" > "Choose another app". Now select another program and check the box "Always use this app to open *.3DS files". Mac: Right click (or Ctrl-click) the 3DS file, then click "Open with" > "Other...". Then choose another program and check the "Always Open With" box. Linux: Right click on the file, and select "Open with" and choose another program. iPhone: Tap the file. If you do not see an app to open the file, then tap Share "Share" and choose an app. Alternatively, save the file. Then open the Files app Files app. There long-press on the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. Then tap "Share" and select an app. Android: Tap the Settings icon on your smartphone, then tap on the Apps section. There tap the Options icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen to change the default apps.
  • Update your software that should actually open .3DS is 3D Studio Scene. Because only the current version supports the latest 3DS file format. Search, therefore, e.g. on the Autodesk manufacturer website after an available .3DS is 3D Studio Scene update.
  • To make sure that your 3DS file is not corrupted or virus-infected, get the file again and scan it with antivirus software.