How to install a DDS plugin for gimp

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DDS is a file format created by Microsoft for use in their Direct X SDK (Software Development Kit.) Direct X provides a library to standardise 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.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Close GIMP if you have it open.

  2. 2

    Go to the Gimp-DDS plug in website.

  3. 3

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

  4. 4

    Save the file to your desktop.

  5. 5

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

  6. 6

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

  7. 7

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

  8. 8

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

  9. 9

    Reopen GIMP to be able to open DDS files.

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