Free Online DDS to PNG Converter

Here is our DDS to PNG image converter tool that is free to use and can convert up to 20 images at a time. This conversion tool will convert your DDS files into the PNG format while ensuring the best image quality. Batch processing ensures you can convert multiple DDS files in one upload.

Drag and drop your files here to upload or click the button above.
A maximum of 20 files can be converted at once.

Please note: Your DDS file file, when uploaded to our server, will be deleted 15 minutes after upload. Please download your converted DDS file file before this time.

Our DDS to PNG converter will convert all the pixel data from your DDS file to a suitable format for use in the final PNG file, and where possible, there will be no loss of detail. There is also an array of image manipulation options that can be accessed via the button after you have selected your DDS file. There are options to resize and rotate your image, as well as various color adjustment settings.

File information for DDS and PNG

Full NameDirectDraw Surface
Mime Typeimage/

DDS files are the native image file format used by Microsoft's Direct X gaming API, which was originally developed in the early 2000s as a means for game developers to store texture images in a standard format that are used in 3D game worlds.

The format was enhanced over the years to add lossy and lossless compression and other features applicable to 3D game development. The format has gained some modest support within image editing applications over the years; however, specialist image viewing software is needed to open and display DDS files on many devices.


The primary use for DDS files is in the realm of videogames, in particular those that run on Microsoft Windows-based machines such as PCs. DDS files are used to store imagery that is applied as textured materials to the surfaces of objects within 3D worlds; they can also be used in 2D applications.

Full NamePortable Network Graphics
Mime Typeimage/png

A PNG file is a two-dimensional image file format often used to store high-quality logos, icons, and other imagery. PNG files first emerged in the early 1990s as an alternative to the GIF format, which was in widespread use at the time. PNG files have garnered support over the years to at least equal or surpass that of the GIF format. You will find all modern image editing or viewing applications will support PNG files.

Part of the success of the PNG format is its use of special compression techniques that allow a high-resolution image to be compressed into a very small file size. The compression used in the PNG format is lossless compression, ensuring no image detail is lost when an image is saved to the PNG format.


The PNG format is ideally suited for storing images that require no loss of detail or have transparent areas, such as company logos and computer graphics icons. It is not suited for storing general photos as, due to the nature of the compression, it will result in very large file sizes. Other formats, such as JPEG, use a lossy compression method, and this format is better suited to full-color photographic images.

How to Convert your DDS to PNG?

Here are two steps to convert your DDS to PNG using our free DDS converter tool.

Upload your DDS file

Click the "Select File" button, and then select the DDS file to upload. The maximum file size is 100MB.

Download your PNG

Click the download link to receive your PNG file.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I convert my DDS to PNG?

First, click the "Select File" button and choose your DDS file. We will upload and convert your DDS file. Once the conversion from DDS to PNG completes, use the provided link to download your PNG file.

How long does it take to convert my DDS file to PNG?

We aim to process all DDS to PNG file conversions as soon as possible; this should take around 5 seconds; however, this may be longer for larger files.

Does my DDS file lose any quality when it is converted?

Your DDS file's quality may decrease if you convert it to a format that uses lossy compression, but this loss is typically undetectable and can lead to significantly smaller file sizes.

Will the resolution of the converted file match that of my original DDS file?

No. Your PNG file will have the same image resolution as the original DDS file.

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