Which tool can preview DirectX dds file?

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lihuipeng49 on Sat, 06 Dec 2014 06:11:53

I am working with VS2013 and WindowsSDK 8.1.

In the DirectXTK sample, there is many dds files,

I want to know how to open them.


AlmÖhi on Sun, 07 Dec 2014 12:44:34


All Visual Studio 2012/2013 for Windows versions can preview modern .DDS files directly via File / Open / File. or via

double click. Don't use the DirectX Texture Viewer tool from the legacy DirectX SDK. It supports  only Direct3D 9 .DDS files and will fail to load any file using the 'DX10' extension or BC4, BC5, BC6H, or BC7:

Viewing DDS files