SWF File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open a SWF file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .SWF files.

What is a SWF file?

The .swf extension stands for Small Web Format. The SWF file format was designed to deliver graphics and animations over the Internet to be viewable on a user's computer. Animations and graphics that are designed with the Adobe Flash software are saved in .swf format. These files can contain both text and graphics.

The .swf file format is the end file format for all Flash content. Adobe Flash was first developed by Macromedia, which was acquired by Adobe in 2005. SWF files are "end product" files for user viewing and, as such, are read-only files that cannot be changed or edited.

How to open SWF files

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension SWF for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different SWF openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension SWF

While we know of one file format using the .SWF file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .SWF file.

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of SWF files. Remember, different programs may use SWF files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

Any Video ConverterAny Video ConverterUser submitted
Final Media PlayerFinal Media PlayerUser submitted
Free File ViewerFree File ViewerUser submitted
GOM PlayerGOM PlayerUser submitted
KMPlayerKMPlayerUser submitted
WinampWinampUser submitted
Prism Video File ConverterPrism Video File ConverterUser submitted
Total Video ConverterTotal Video ConverterUser submitted
MPC-HCMPC-HCUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with SWF-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with SWF-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!