File Extension DDS

.DDS File

File extension: DDS
File type: DirectDraw Surface


Notes about the DDS file extension:



Incorrect file associations could be the result of underlying issues within your PC system. As such it is highly recommended to scan your PC for invalid registry entries, unused processes and other unfavourable system settings to identify slowdown issues.

The DDS file type is primarily associated with 'DirectX (Multiple Versions)' by Microsoft Corporation.

The Microsoft DirectDraw Surface (DDS) file format is used to store textures and cubic environment maps, both with and without mipmap levels.

This format can store uncompressed and compressed pixel formats, and is the preferred file format for storing DXTn compressed data.

This file format is supported by the Microsoft DirectX Texture tool (DXTex Tool), as well as some third party tools, and by the Direct3D extensions (D3DX) library.

There are plug-ins and add-ons to handle this format available for many different programs.


Detailed information for file extension DDS:


Primary association: DirectX (Multiple Versions)
Company: Microsoft Corporation
Identifying characters Hex: 44 44 53 20 7C 00 00 00 07 10 , ASCII: DDS |
Program ID: DDS.Document , IrfanView.DDS , SlowView DDS
Related links: Microsoft DirectX Texture Tool, DDS Tools, Wikipedia DirectDraw Surface Page

Other applications associated with file type DDS:

  • Battlefield 1942 (Unit/Object Texture File) by Electronic Arts, Inc.Texture archives are .RFA files. Related links: BF 1942 Tutorials
  • FPS Creator (Texture) by The Game Creators Ltd.FPS Creator is a game creation program with an easy-to-use yet highly flexible editing environment. As its name implies (FPS = First Person Shooter) this is a tool for creating action FPS games with no programming or 3D modeling knowledge required. The compiled game will be a standalone EXE file.
  • INMOS Transputer Development System Occam Compiler Descriptor
  • Orbiter (Texture File) by Martin SchweigerOrbiter is a free flight simulator that goes beyond the confines of Earth's atmosphere. Developed by Dr. Martin Schweiger, you can launch the Space Shuttle from Kennedy Space Center to deploy a satellite, rendezvous with the International Space Station or build your own custom station in orbit, or take the futuristic Delta-glider for a tour through the solar system - the choice is yours. Orbiter is not a space shooter. The emphasis is firmly on realism, and the learning curve can be steep. Be prepared to invest some time and effort to brush up on your orbital mechanics background. A mesh is a 3D model.
  • Photoshop (Compressed Textures) by Adobe Systems Incorporated
  • XMap (XData Dataset) by DelormeXMap scalable mapping software that provides users with digital mapping tools. Often paired with .IND, .DAT, and/or .HDS files in the DeLorme Docs\Datasets folder.
File Identifier - TrID
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Important: Invalid file associations could be the result of underlying issues within your Windows PC. It is highly recommended that you scan your PC for invalid registry entries, unused processes and other slowdown issues.

Technical data

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System Info for File Extension .DDS

The following listing is compiled from the database produced by the 'Associate This!' program, selected data from the main FILExt database and information FILExt collected directly from user systems.

ProgramID: DDS.Document
EXEFile: %ProgramFiles%\MICROS~1.0SD\UTILIT~1\DxTex.exe %1

ProgramID: DDSTexture
EXEFile: %ProgramFiles%\Video\THECOM~1\THECOM~1.EXE /dde

ProgramID: NeroPhotoSnapViewer.Files.dds
EXEFile: %ProgramFiles%\Ahead\Nero PhotoSnap\PhotoSnapViewer.exe %1

ProgramID: XnView.Image
EXEFile: %ProgramFiles%\XnView\xnview.exe %1

ProgramID: NeroPhotoSnapViewer.Files.dds
EXEFile: %ProgramFiles%\nero\Nero PhotoSnap\PhotoSnapViewer.exe %1

ProgramID: DirectX.DDS.Document
EXEFile: %ProgramFiles%\Microsoft DirectX 9.0 SDK (October 2005)\Utilities\Bin\x86\DXTex.exe %1

ProgramID: NeroPhotoSnapViewer.Files7.dds
EXEFile: %ProgramFiles%\Nero\Nero 7\Nero PhotoSnap\PhotoSnapViewer.exe %1

ProgramID: DDS.Document
EXEFile: %ProgramFiles%\Microsoft DirectX 9.0 SDK (October 2004)\Utilities\DxTex.exe %1

ProgramID: NeroPhotoSnapViewer.Files
EXEFile: %ProgramFiles%\Ahead\Nero PhotoSnap\PhotoSnapViewer.exe %1

ProgramID: DirectX.DDS.Document
EXEFile: %ProgramFiles%\Microsoft DirectX SDK (February 2006)\Utilities\Bin\x86\DXTex.exe

ProgramID: NeroPhotoSnapViewer.Files.dds
EXEFile: %ProgramFiles%\Ahead3\Nero PhotoSnap\PhotoSnapViewer.exe

ProgramID: ft000006
EXEFile: %ProgramFiles%\Microsoft DirectX SDK (June 2006)\Utilities\Bin\x86\DxTex.exe

ProgramID: IrfanView.dds
EXEFile: %ProgramFiles%\IrfanView\i_view32.exe

ProgramID: DirectX.DDS.Document
EXEFile: %ProgramFiles%\Microsoft DirectX SDK (June 2006)\Utilities\Bin\x86\DXTex.exe

ProgramID: DirectX.DDS.Document
EXEFile: %ProgramFiles%\Microsoft DirectX SDK (August 2006)\Utilities\Bin\x86\DXTex.exe

ProgramID: DirectX.DDS.Document
EXEFile: %ProgramFiles%\Microsoft DirectX SDK (October 2006)\Utilities\Bin\x86\DXTex.exe

ProgramID: DirectX.DDS.Document
EXEFile: %ProgramFiles%\Microsoft DirectX SDK (December 2006)\Utilities\Bin\x86\DXTex.exe

ProgramID: IrfanView.dds
EXEFile: %ProgramFiles%\IRFANV~1\i_view32.exe

ProgramID: NeroPhotoSnapViewer.Files7.dds
EXEFile: %ProgramFiles%\Nero 7\Nero PhotoSnap\PhotoSnapViewer.exe

ProgramID: DirectX.DDS.Document
EXEFile: %ProgramFiles%\Microsoft DirectX SDK (February 2007)\Utilities\Bin\x86\DXTex.exe

ProgramID: NeroPhotoSnapViewer.Files7.dds
EXEFile: %ProgramFiles%\Nero\Nero8\Nero PhotoSnap\PhotoSnapViewer.exe

ProgramID: NeroPhotoSnapViewer.Files8.dds
EXEFile: %ProgramFiles%\Nero\Nero8\Nero PhotoSnap\PhotoSnapViewer.exe

ProgramID: MyViewPad.dds
EXEFile: %ProgramFiles%\My ViewPad\MyViewPad.exe


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