Do you have a .DDS File Extension on your computer which you do not know how to open? Well, here we are going to discuss the special file on your desktop. I will tell you everything you need to know about the .DDSFile Extension and the applications that will open the file. So, check out the entire post and gather all the information you need.

All About .DDSFile Extension

Details Regarding the .DDS File Extension

The DDS file type contains textures, maps, compressed data, etc. and is saved in the DirectDraw Surface (DDS) container format. The DDS file format contains a raster image which includes and without mipmap levels. Professionals can use this format to store compressed and uncompressed DXTn data. The Microsoft DirectX Texture tool (DXTex Tool) allows this format to run on your Windows computer. Professionals use this file format to texture video game unit models.

Some professionals also use the DDS files to store Windows wallpapers or backgrounds. There are various substitute versions available for the DDS file extension. And all of them support the Microsoft DirectX Texture tool. You can use other third-party apps to open these files as well and there are various plugins and add-ons available that help you deal with this file format.

“How do you want to open this file?”

There are so many applications out there that help you open the DDS file on your computer. Here I have listed those applications-

Windows programs:

  • File Viewer Plus — Get it from Microsoft
  • Windows Texture Viewer
  • XnView MP
  • dotPDN paint.net
  • IrfanView with IrfanView Formats plugin
  • Adobe Photoshop with NVIDIA DDS plugin
  • GIMP with DDS plugin

If you want to play the DDS Files on another device rather than Windows computers, such as Mac, Android or Linux, you can use the XnView MP software. For playing the file on Android, simply use the in-built File Viewer for Android. However, there can be many other software that we don’t know about. And if you know any, let us know in the comment box below.

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