The File Extensions Database

.DDS File Extension

  • Developer by: Microsoft
  • Category: Raster Image Files
  • Format: Binary

What is an .DDS file?

.DDS is DirectDraw Surface

A DDS file is an image file saved in a raster image format used by Microsoft DirectX to store textures and environments. It can store compressed and uncompressed pixel formats and is sometimes used for storing Windows desktop backgrounds or wallpapers. DDS files are also used for texturing video game unit models.

Programs that open DirectDraw Surface
File Viewer Plus
Windows Texture Viewer
IrfanView with IrfanView Formats plugin
Adobe Photoshop with NVIDIA DDS plugin
GIMP with DDS plugin
File Viewer for Android

How to solve problems with DDS files

  • Associate the DDS file extension with the correct application. On :
    Windows: Right click on any DDS file and then click "Open with" > "Choose another app". Now select another program and check the box "Always use this app to open *.DDS files". Mac: Right click (or Ctrl-click) the DDS 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 .DDS is DirectDraw Surface. Because only the current version supports the latest DDS file format. Search, therefore, e.g. on the Microsoft manufacturer website after an available .DDS is DirectDraw Surface update.
  • To make sure that your DDS file is not corrupted or virus-infected, get the file again and scan it with antivirus software.