File Extension Library

.SWF File Extension

  • Developer by: Adobe Systems
  • Category: Video Files
  • Format: Binary

What is an .SWF file?

.SWF file extension is created by Adobe Systems. .SWF has been classified as Video Files. The format of .SWF file is Binary.

.SWF is Shockwave Flash Movie

An SWF file is an animation created with Adobe Flash that can be played by Flash Player or with a web browser that has the Flash plugin installed. It may contain text, vector and raster graphics, and interactive content written in ActionScript.

SWF files are commonly used to bring animated graphics, video, and sound to the web. They are also a popular means of delivering browser-based games. Because SWF files contain compiled ActionScript and compressed media, they are not meant to be edited. To modify a Flash animation, it is recommended to edit the original .FLA file instead.

SWF (pronounced "Swiff") was originally an acronym for "Shockwave Flash" since the SWF format was designed for Shockwave Player. However, as SWF files became a standard means of publishing Flash content on the web, the acronym has been modified to mean Small Web Format as well.

NOTE: Flash was originally developed by Macromedia, which was acquired by Adobe Systems in 2005. Therefore, Macromedia Flash is now called Adobe Flash.

List of all softwares that can open the Shockwave Flash Movie
Adobe Flash Player
Adobe Flash Professional CC
Adobe Dreamweaver CC 2019
Eltima SWF & FLV Player
Eltima Flash Decompiler Trillix
Xilisoft Video Converter Ultimate
Media Player Classic
GlobFX Swiff Player
Web browser
Adobe Flash Player
Adobe Flash Professional CC
Adobe Dreamweaver CC 2019
Eltima Elmedia Player
Eltima Flash Decompiler Trillix
Eltima Flash Optimizer
Echo One iSwiff
Web browser
Adobe Flash Player
Web browser

How to Open .SWF file on different platforms

Open .SWF File on Windows

  • Right-click a .SWF
  • Left-click "Open With" > "Choose another app"
  • Select the program that opens .SWF file and Select check box "Always use this app to open .SWF files" Press "Ok"

Open .SWF File on Mac

  • Right-click (or Ctrl + Left-click) the .SWF file
  • Click "Open With" > "Other.."
  • Then choose another program from the app list and press "Open"
  • Select check box "Turn on" for "Always open in app"

Open .SWF File on Linux

Right click on the .SWF file, choose "Open with" and select a program from the list above

Open .SWF File on iPhone

Select a file. If you don't see an application to open the .SWF file, tap "Share" and choose the right app.
Method 2
Save the file. Then open the app «Files». Touch and hold the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. After that tap "Share" and select an application.

Open .SWF File on Android

Tap the Settings icon on an Android smartphone, then select «Applications». Click the Settings icon in the upper right corner of the screen, to change the default apps.
If you want to open, edit, save or even convert .SWF files on Android, then your best bet is to download one of the dedicated apps available on Google Play.

How to fix problems with .SWF files

  1. You need to update the application that you normally use to open .SWF files. Only the latest version of the software supports the current .SWF file format
  2. You need to check the .SWF file for viruses. To do this, you need to scan it with a popular antivirus (Norton, Nod32, Kaspersky, Dr.Web, etc.)