SWM File - opening and understanding

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

What is a SWM file?

A .SWM file is a Split WIM file. Files that contain the .swm file extension are most commonly associated with the ImageX command-line application.

The ImageX command-line application is used to create Windows disk images. These disk images are saved in the WIM file format. The WIM file format was developed by Microsoft and was used to deploy Windows operating systems, versions Vista and later.

Sometimes the WIM file would need to be split into smaller volumes, and in this case, the split volumes are given the .swm file extension.

How to open SWM 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 SWM for different purposes. We have identified 3 SWM openers for Windows that is compatible with this specific type of SWM file.

Programs that open these files

BitZipperBitZipperVerified
7-Zip7-ZipVerified
PowerArchiverPowerArchiverVerified
We have not yet verified any programs for Mac that work with this specific file format. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below. Thanks!
We have not yet verified any web services that work with this specific file format. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below. Thanks!

Other file formats using extension .SWM

While Split WIM file is a popular type of SWM-file, we know of 3 different uses of the .SWM extension.

The SWM file extension indicates to your device which app can open the file. However, different apps may use the same file extension for different types of data. So a SWM opener may not be able to open all kinds of SWM files. In this case, look through all formats to make sure you find the best suited SWM viewer.

SupportWorks ESP Message

The Supportworks' Enterprise Support Platform software also uses the .swm file suffix. It is used for messages sent from the software (short for Support Works Message).

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 1 different SWM openers which you will find listed below.

SMIRT file

SMIRT by Hexagon AB is an advanced CADCAM solution for the manufacturing industry. As far as we know, their software saves project data in SWM files as well.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 1 different SWM openers which you will find listed below.