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What are SWF files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a SWF file or are you simply curious about its contents? We're here to explain the properties of these files and provide you with software that can open or handle your SWF files.

What is a SWF file?

A .SWF file is a Macromedia Flash Player Movie 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 resulting 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

We have identified nine SWF openers that are compatible with this specific type of SWF file.

Programs that open Macromedia Flash Player Movie files

Last updated: January 3, 2024

Various apps that use files with this extension

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.

Zoom PlayerZoom PlayerVerified
Adobe Flash Player ActiveXAdobe Flash Player ActiveXVerified
Prism Video ConverterPrism Video ConverterUser submitted
Total Video ConverterTotal Video ConverterUser submitted
PotPlayerPotPlayerUser submitted
5KPlayer5KPlayerUser submitted
QuickTimeQuickTimeUser submitted
Shockwave FlashShockwave FlashUser submitted
Swiff PlayerSwiff PlayerUser submitted

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