How to Install a DDS Plugin for GIMP

by Andrea Helaine

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.

Step 1

Close GIMP if you have it open.

Step 2

Go to the Gimp-DDS plug in website.

Step 3

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

Step 4

Save the file to your desktop.

Step 5

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

Step 6

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

Step 7

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

Step 8

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

About the Author

Andrea Helaine has a Bachelor of Philosophy in theology and is currently finishing her thesis course for a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing. Helaine has been writing professionally for over 10 years and has been published in several anthologies and is currently breaking into the screenwriting market.

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