How to open DDS file?

What is DDS file extension?

Files with the DDS extension are used to store bitmap graphics. These can be images generated both with and without compression. DDS files are supported and used by DirectX and Direct3D tools. They allow the rendering of their content in real time by various applications, e.g. 3D games. When compressing data in DDS files, the S3 Texture Compression algorithm is used. This format allows you to save computer graphics card resources.

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Programs that support DDS file

Programs for Windows system
NVIDIA Texture Tools NVIDIA Texture Tools
NVIDIA DDS Thumbnail Viewer NVIDIA DDS Thumbnail Viewer
Paint.NET Paint.NET
XnView XnView
DDS Viewer DDS Viewer
Programs for Mac OS system
XnView XnView
Programs for Linux system
XnView XnView
We hope we helped you solve the problem with the DDS file. If you do not know where you can download the application from our list, click on the link (which is the name of the program) - you will find more information there on the location where to download the secure setup version of the required application.
What else may cause problems?
There can be more reasons which determine that you are not able to open the DDS file (apart from the lack of the proper application installed).
First - the DDS file may be incorrectly linked (associated) with the application installed to support it. In this case, you need to change this link by yourself. To do this, right-click on the DDS file # that you want to edit, click "Open with" and then select the program from the list that you have installed. After this operation, the problems with opening the DDS file should be solved forever.
Second - the file you want to open can simply be damaged. Then, the best solution is to find a new version, or download it again from the same source as before (maybe for some reason in the previous session the download of the DDS file has not been completed and it cannot be opened properly).