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.DDS File Extension

File TypeDirectDraw Surface

DeveloperMicrosoft
Popularity
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CategoryRaster Image Files
FormatBinary

What is a DDS file?

A DDS file is a raster image saved in the DirectDraw Surface (DDS) container format. It can store compressed and uncompressed pixel formats and is often used for texturing video game unit models. DDS files may also be used to store Windows desktop backgrounds or wallpapers.

More Information

The DDS format was introduced in Microsoft DirectX 7.0 to store textures and environments. Subsequent versions introduced various improvements, such as support for volume textures in DirectX 8.0, arrays of textures in Direct3D 10, and new Direct3D texture formats in Direct3D 11.

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Updated 1/11/2019

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