How to Install a DDS Plugin for GIMP


DDS is a file format created by Microsoft for use in their Direct X SDK (Software Development Kit.) Direct X provides a library to standardize and ease the development of 3D applications, such as games. GIMP is a free image manipulation software similar to Photoshop. GIMP cannot create or open DDS files by default. You need the gimp-DDS plugin to do so.

  • Close GIMP if you have it open.

  • Go to the Gimp-DDS plug in website.

  • Click on the "" link under the "Featured" section on the left of the page.

  • Save the file to your desktop.

  • Go to the "Start" menu and select "Computer."

  • Navigate to "Local Disk C:" then "Program Files" or Program Files X86" if you have a 64bits operating system.

  • Go to "GIMP-2.0," then "lib," then "gimp," then "2.0," and finally "plug-ins."

  • Double click on the "" file you downloaded and drag and drop the "dds.exe" file to the "plug-ins" folder.

  • Reopen GIMP to be able to open DDS files.


  • gimp-dds: readme.txt
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