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3DS file format description

Many people share .3ds files without attaching instructions on how to use it. Yet it isn’t evident for everyone which program a .3ds file can be edited, converted or printed with. On this page, we try to provide assistance for handling .3ds files.

1 filename extension(s) found in our database.

.3ds - Autodesk 3D Studio Scene

3DS is a storage of 3D scene information for use by rendering applications.

.3ds file format description:
3DS format description not yet available
Autodesk 3D Studio MAX
Document files
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Autodesk 3D Studio Scene related links:
Autodesk 3D Studio Scene related extensions:
Autodesk 3D Studio Scene in ASCII
Autodesk 3D Studio ASCII Scene Export
Autodesk 3D Studio Max Character File
Autodesk 3D Studio MAX Color Definitions
Autodesk 3D Studio MAX Export Plugin
Autodesk 3D Studio MAX Import Plugin

Naturally, other applications may also use the .3ds file extension. Even harmful programs can create .3ds files. Be especially cautious with .3ds files coming from an unknown source!

Can't open a .3ds file?

When you double-click a file to open it, Windows examines the filename extension. If Windows recognizes the filename extension, it opens the file in the program that is associated with that filename extension. When Windows does not recognize a filename extension, you receive the following message:

Windows can't open this file:


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 one from a list of programs that are installed on your computer.

To avoid this error, you need to set the file association correctly.

The .3ds file extension is often given incorrectly!

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

3d, rds, ds, 3ws, 3dz, 3dw, 3dc, wds, eds, d3s, 3es, 3dx, 3de

Is it possible that the filename extension is misspelled?

Similar file extensions in our database:

CAD-3D Model
Electronic Data Sheets
CityEngine Web Scene
Cadwork 3D Drawing
Ray Dream Studio Scene

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