How to open 3DS file extension?

The author of advice: Mr Brankiewicz

3DS files are incessantly popular. However, a file name containing 3DS file extension is problematic for some of the users. They have problems with correct opening of a file with 3DS extension. However, it should be remembered that 3DS file extension can match one or more types of files. The most popular is 3D Studio MAX Graphics Format but if there are others, you will find information concerning them below.

So, it is worth looking close at the problem concerning 3DS files and search for its solution.

A list of programs supporting files types with 3DS extension can be found below. Applications are sorted according to appropriate operational systems and their popularity.

  • 3D Studio MAX Graphics Format

    .3ds file extension

    Category: 3D&CAD Files

    OS Software
    Windows Autodesk 3ds Max 2011 Autodesk 3ds Max 2011
    IMSI TurboCAD Deluxe 17 IMSI TurboCAD Deluxe 17
    Google SketchUp Google SketchUp
    MeshLab MeshLab
    MAC OS IMSI TurboCAD Deluxe v5 IMSI TurboCAD Deluxe v5
    Google SketchUp Google SketchUp
    Cheetah3D Cheetah3D
    MeshLab MeshLab

How to check if a file we want to open is not infected by malware or viruses?

  • Download Malware/viruses removal tool from 3DS files in the Windows system.
  • Click “Start scanning” and wait until the programme performs the scanning process on your computer.

What are the reasons of errors concerning 3DS extension of files?

The problem that often causes damage concerning 3DS extension are Windows system registry errors. That is why, in the first place it is recommended to:

  • Scan computer in order to identify, repair and open the 3DS file
  • Check system registry from the angle of hidden errors
  • Repair file’s associations with programs in the system registry

If you are not sure if the above problems concern you, you should consider other frequent irregularities:

  • You do not have an appropriate application installed that supports 3DS file extension
  • 3DS file is corrupted
  • The application’s version necessary to open the file is not correct
  • The file is not assigned to an appropriate program

Solving problems with 3DS files


If 3DS file does not open, firstly, it is worth using files associations built in the Windows system with application that can support them. In order to do it, you should double-click a 3DS file icon. A list of programs that probably support such a file will appear. It is enough to choose one of them so that Windows would open a given extension with it. Incorrect file’s association will result in Windows trying to open 3DS file with a wrong program all the time even if there is an appropriate application supporting this format on a drive. In this case, it is necessary to perform the above mentioned registry scanning and associations’ repair.

If associations are correct and Windows still cannot open the file, most probably the computer does not have appropriate software supporting files with name containing 3DS in their extension. The solution to this problem is very simple. You should buy or download a free (if they exist) application that will allow you to open, browse and edit 3DS format (You can also try to find more informations on FileInfo). It is no risk because many paid programs have free test versions enabling to check their functionality.

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