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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

The 3DS document files are related to Autodesk 3D Studio MAX. 3DS is a storage of 3D scene information for use by rendering applications.

Autodesk 3D Studio MAX
Document files
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Autodesk 3D Studio Scene related extensions:
Softdesk Drafix CAD Document
Autodesk DWF XPS Document
Atlantis Word Processor Document Backup
Numbers Spreadsheet Template
Numbers Spreadsheet File
Altium Designer PCB Document

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

Is it possible that the filename extension is misspelled?

Similar file extensions in our database:

Cadwork 3D Drawing
Puppy Linux Save State File
Ray Dream Studio Scene
CAD-3D Model
3D Haus Design Studio Project
Electronic Data Sheets

Operating systems currently supports the following operating systems:

Windows XP/Vista, Windows 7/8, Windows 10, CentOS, Debian GNU/Linux, Ubuntu Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X, iOS, Android

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