.DST File Extension

File Type 1

AutoCAD Sheet Set

Developer Autodesk
3.7  |  72 Votes
Category CAD Files
Format XML

What is a DST file?

A DST file is a drawing sheet file created by AutoCAD, a CAD design and documentation application. It contains information in XML format about an organized collection of sheets, which are select drawing layouts that have been extracted from multiple .DWG drawing files. DST files are commonly used as the deliverable format for drafted or completed designs.

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Sheet set files can be created using AutoCAD's Sheet Set Manager (SSM) tool, which can be displayed on the interface by selecting the View tab and then Palettes panel → Sheet Set Manager.

Sheet set files do not contain the actual drawing layouts. Instead, they contain information pointing to the location of the layouts stored in the DWG drawing files. When a DST file is open in AutoCAD, the information is displayed in the "Sheet List" tab of the SSM with each sheet name acting as a shortcut that you can click to view the layout of the DWG drawing file.

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Programs that open DST files

Updated November 30, 2018
File Type 2

Tajima Embroidery Format

Developer Tajima
3.4  |  45 Votes
Category Misc Files
Format N/A

What is a DST file?

A DST file is a computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) file saved in the Data Stitch Tajima (DST) embroidery format. It stores instructions for stitching an embroidery design with a sewing machine and includes codes that tell the machine to stop, jump, and trim, which directs the sewing needle.

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Screenshot of a .dst file in BERNINA ARTlink 8
DST file open in BERNINA ARTlink 8

The DST format is one of the most common embroidery formats, partially because it is one of the oldest embroidery formats. Other common embroidery formats include .PES, .JEF, .EXP, .VP3, and .VIP.

If you are an embroidery enthusiast you may create your own DST embroidery designs, download them from an embroidery website or forum, or receive designs from other enthusiasts. You can modify the design with various applications, and when you complete it you can transfer it to a sewing machine (Tajima machine or another machine that supports the DST format), to stitch the design onto a piece of fabric.

How do I transfer a DST file from my computer to a sewing machine?

To transfer a DST file to a sewing machine, insert a USB storage device in your computer. Then, transfer the DST file from your computer to the connected storage device via File Explorer in Windows or Finder in macOS.

After transferring the file, eject the storage device from your computer and insert it into the sewing machine to transfer the design to embroider it onto the material. If your sewing machine is Wifi-enabled, you can download the design directly to the machine via its touchscreen interface.

How to open a DST file

You can open DST files with various embroidery applications and sewing machines. Some applications that support the format include BALARAD Embird Studio (Windows), Buzz Tools BuzzXplore (Windows), S & S Computing SewWhat! (Windows), and PREMIER+ Embroidery (multiplatform).

You can also view and convert DST files to other formats with the Embroidery Viewer and Converter web application and plugin for the Google Chrome web browser. If you are an Android user, you can use Touch Embroidery Free and Embroidery Viewer to open DST files.

Programs that open DST files

Updated March 26, 2021
File Type 3

DeSmuME Save State

Developer DeSmuME
3.8  |  9 Votes
Category Game Files
Format N/A

What is a DST file?

Save state created and used by DeSmuME, a Nintendo DS (NDS) emulator; stores a saved state of the current game progress for a NDS game played with DeSmuME.

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NOTE: To create the DST Save State, select File → Save State File.

Programs that open DST files

Updated September 16, 2015

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