Opening SWF files

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

Try a universal file viewer

In addition to the products listed above, I would suggest that you try a universal file viewer like Free File Viewer. It can open over 200 different types of files - and very likely yours too! Download Free File Viewer.

By Prof. Jones (The File Expert)

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