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Details of extension .dds

3 extension(s) and 0 alias(es) in our database

Below, you can find answers to the following questions:

  • What is the .dds file?
  • Which program can create the .dds file?
  • Where can you find a description of the .dds format?
  • What can convert .dds files to a different format?
  • Which MIME-type is associated with the .dds extension?

Microsoft DirectX DirectDraw Surface

DDS file is a Microsoft DirectX DirectDraw Surface. The file format supports mipmaps, cube maps, and volume maps. The DDS file format is supported by D3DX and other DirectX tools such as the DirectX Texture Editor (Dxtex.exe) and the Texture Conversion Tool (Texconv.exe).
Category: Graphic files
Application: DirectX SDK
Program name: -
Mime-type: image/x-dds
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Magic string (ASCII): -
Related extensions:
Microsoft DirectX D3D Vertex Shader
Microsoft DirectX D3D Compiled Vertex Shader
Microsoft DirectX Compressed Texture Data
PowerVR Texture
Microsoft DirectX D3D Compiled Pixel Shader

MAP Service Document

DDS file is a MAP Service Document. The Landis+Gyr MAP Service Tool was developed to support the dialog meters. It is able to communicate with all modern electronic meters from Landis+Gyr and also with many units from other manufacturers, which comply with the standards according to dlms or IEC 62056-21 (formerly IEC 1107).
Category: Data files
Application: Landis+Gyr MAP
Program name: -
Mime-type: application/octet-stream
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Related extensions:
MAP GMS Installation Document
MAP Parameterisation Document
MAP dlms User Association Document
MAP IEC Document
MAP Device Document

Amazon Lumberyard DirectDraw Surface Data

DDS file is an Amazon Lumberyard DirectDraw Surface Data. Amazon Lumberyard is a free, cross-platform, 3D game engine that allows you to create high-quality games, connect your games to the compute and storage of the AWS Cloud.
Detailed description not available
Category: Development files
Application: Amazon Lumberyard
Program name: -
Mime-type: application/octet-stream
Magic bytes (HEX): -
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Related extensions:
Amazon Lumberyard Uber File
Amazon Lumberyard Character Definition Data
Amazon Lumberyard Terrain Block Data
Amazon Lumberyard FBX Rules Data
Amazon Lumberyard Character Asset Data
Amazon Lumberyard Skinned Character Data
Amazon Lumberyard Static Geometry Data
Amazon Lumberyard CAD Exchange Data
Amazon Lumberyard Material Data

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Is it possible that the filename extension is misspelled?

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The .dds filename extension is often given incorrectly!

According to the searches on our site, these misspellings were the most common in the past year:

dsd (152), sds (84), dvs (51), eds (44), rds (39), dxs (27), vds (18), ddw (12), cds (1), dws (1), dss (1), ds (1), dfs (1), ddz (1), wds (1)

Can't open a .dds file?

If you want to open a .dds file on your computer, you just need to have the appropriate program installed. If the .dds association isn't set correctly, you may receive the following error message:

Windows can't open this file:

File: example.dds

To open this file, Windows needs to know what program you want to use to open it. Windows can go online to look it up automatically, or you can manually select from a list of programs that are installed on your computer.

To change file associations:

  • Right-click a file with the extension whose association you want to change, and then click Open With.
  • In the Open With dialog box, click the program whith which you want the file to open, or click Browse to locate the program that you want.
  • Select the Always use the selected program to open this kind of file check box.

Supported operating systems

Windows Server 2003/2008/2012/2016, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Mac OS X, iOS, Android