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View DDS Files Online

Use this free tool to view your DDS (DirectDraw Surface) files online without needing to download or install any software. Our DDS viewer tool will render your file within the browser with the ability to view full screen if needed.

How to View your DDS File Online?

Here are two simple steps to display your DDS file in any web browser.

Upload an DDS

Click the "Upload a File" button and select an DDS to upload. The maximum file size is 100MB.

View your DDS

Once processed, your DDS file will be displayed in the web browser.

File Format Information for DDS

Full NameDirectDraw Surface
Mime Typeimage/
ToolsDDS Converters, Create Cookie Cutter, DDS Viewer
Open WithPaint.NET


The DDS file format was introduced by Microsoft in 1999 and intended to be its standard image format for the DirectX 7 3D graphics API. The format is used to store textures for use within 3D graphics and game environments and can be compressed or uncompressed.

The compression algorithm used by DDS was the previously proprietary S3 texture compression, which could reduce the image file size and was easy for the GPU to decompress in real-time. The format is still used, and there are some third-party image editors that are compatible with it.

DDS Features

  • Supports Lossy Compression
  • Supports Non Lossy Compression
  • Supports Transparency
  • Supports Color Palettes
  • Supports Monochrome (1-Bit)
  • Supports 16 Colors (4-Bit)
  • Supports 256 Colors (8-Bit)
  • Supports 16 Million Colors (24-Bit)

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I view my DDS file online?

First, click the "Upload..." button and select the DDS file you wish to view. Once your DDS file has been received it will be displayed in your browser.

How long does it take to view my DDS file?

We aim to process all DDS file viewing requests as quickly as possible, this usually takes around 5 seconds but can be more for larger or more complex files so please be patient.

How accurate is the DDS file viewer?

We aim to create the most accurate rendition of your DDS file with our tools. Our tools are under constant development with new features and improvements being added every week.

Is it safe to view my DDS file on

Yes, of course! We do not store the DDS file you submit. The generated preview file within your browser is deleted after 15 minutes,

Can I view my DDS file on Windows, Linux, Android, iOS or Mac OS?

Yes! Our DDS file viewer will run on any system with a modern web browser. No specialist software is needed to use our file viewing tools.

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