DDS file format description

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

4 filename extension(s) found in our database.

.dds - Microsoft DirectX DirectDraw Surface

The DDS graphic files are related to DirectX SDK. The 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).

DirectX SDK
Graphic files
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Microsoft DirectX DirectDraw Surface related extensions:
Microsoft HD Photo
Atari 8-bit SFDN Compressed Graphics 9 Image
Microsoft Document Imaging File
Atari Falcon Prism Paint Image
MyPaint Open Raster Graphic Data
Atari Stad Compressed Bitmap

.dds - MAP Service Document

The DDS data files are related to Landis+Gyr MAP. The 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).

Landis+Gyr MAP
Data files
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MAP Service Document related extensions:
XL Reporter Template
PSI-Plot Result Data
Direct Mail Template
IRIS Editor Data
Blaxxun Contact Data

.dds - Amazon Lumberyard DirectDraw Surface Data

The DDS development files are related to Amazon Lumberyard. The 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.

Amazon Lumberyard
Development files
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Amazon Lumberyard DirectDraw Surface Data related extensions:
MetaTrader MetaQuotes Language 4 Template
ADL Source File
BYOND Dream Maker Compiled World
Kanzi Binary
Dyalog APL Workspace Data
Crestron SIMPL+ Parameters Data

.dds - XMap XData Dataset

The DDS gis files are related to XMap GIS. The DDS file is an XMap XData Dataset. XMap is a three-tiered GIS and GPS platform that addresses key functional levels within an organization’s GIS infrastructure.

GIS files
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XMap XData Dataset related extensions:
OziExplorer Map
Timezero Open Navigation Format Data
XMap ERIK Data
GeoVisu Downloaded Magellan Waypoints
ArcGIS Style File

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

Can't open a .dds 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 .dds file extension is often given incorrectly!

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

cds, dcs, dd, ddc, dde, ddw, ddx, ddz, des, dfs, drs, ds, dsd, dss, dvs

Is it possible that the filename extension is misspelled?

Similar file extensions in our database:

Ensoniq SQ-80 Disk Image
LcdStudio Design
ConceptDraw PROJECT Slideshow
GLBasic World File
Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds Data
Autodesk Drawing Set Description

Operating systems currently supports the following operating systems:

Windows XP/Vista, Windows 7/8/10, Windows 11, CentOS, Debian GNU/Linux, Ubuntu Linux, FreeBSD, macOS, Mac OS X, iOS, Android

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