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  • Format Type : Archive
  • Endian Order : Little Endian (for PC variant) or Big Endian (XBOX or PS3 variants); the platform type is specified in the header

SDS is an archive format used in the game Mafia II developed by 2K Czech. The page describes the SDS files as seen on the Windows version of the game. Other platform ports might use the same variant.

This description of the format was reverse engineered from a set of SDS manipulation tools written in C# by Rick Gibbed.

Format Description


An SDS file begins with the following 8-byte header:

bytes 0-3    file signature string: 'SDS\0'
bytes 4-7    0x00000013 (either a version number of a length value specified in 32-bit words)

The header has the following 60-byte structure:

bytes 0-3    platform string/endian-ness indicator
bytes 4-7    0x5FFB74F3
bytes 8-11   resource type table offset
bytes 12-15  block table offset
bytes 16-19  XML offset
bytes 20-23  slot RAM required
bytes 24-27  slot VRAM required
bytes 28-31  other RAM required
bytes 32-35  other VRAM required
bytes 36-39  unknown
bytes 40-55  array of 16 bytes; purpose unknown
bytes 56-59  file count

There are 3 known values for the platform string, and the endian-ness of multi-byte numbers keys off of this value:

  • 'PC\0\0' for the PC version of Mafia II; multi-byte numbers are little-endian
  • 'XBOX' or 'PS3\0': multi-byte numbers are big-endian

Following this header is the resource type table offset (the absolute offset of this table is also referenced by the "resource type table offset" field in the file header). The table begins with the count of resources in the table.

Following the count, there is an entry for each resource in the archive. Each entry has the following format:

bytes 0-3   ID
bytes 4-7   length of name field in bytes
bytes 8..n  resource name
bytes 8-11  parent

Presumably, these help to link resources together.


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