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SWF File Extension

SWF file extension is created by Adobe, also known as Shockwave Flash Movie. SWF has been classified as Common File Types. This File type categories under Zip, Text, Binary and XML, however, the format of this file format has not been determined yet. You can open SWF files in Adobe Flash Player program.

Shockwave Flash Movie File Type

Shockwave Flash Movie File Type
Extension .swf
Developer Adobe
Popularity 5.0 (22002 Votes)
Mime Type text/x-asm
Default Program Adobe Flash Player
Category Common File Types
Format Binary
Updated 4/1/2024

What is a SWF File Type?

In the 2000s and 2010s, SWF files were commonly used to bring animated graphics, video and sound to the web. It was also a popular way to offer browser-based games. As web technologies improved, however, Flash became increasingly criticized for its flaws, which included performance and security issues. Adobe and many web browser developers announced that they were officially shutting down Flash support at the end of 2020.

SWF (sharp &" Swiff &") was originally an acronym for " Shockwave Flash &" since the SWF format was designed for Shockwave Player. As SWF files have become a standard medium for posting Flash content to the Web, however, the acronym has been changed to mean Small Web Format as well.

Because the SWF files contain compressed media and ActionScript compilations, they are not meant to be edited. To modify a Flash animation it is recommended to edit the original .FLA file instead.

Flash was developed by Macromedia, which was acquired by Adobe Systems in 2005.

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Free online SWF Tools & Apps

We have also the free online .SWF (Shockwave Flash Movie) file extension apps that can allow to view, edit, convert from to SWF, merge, split and compare the SWF files without installing anything on your system. Please click on the links to explore the complete list of details for each required feature.

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SWF Files Common Issues

There are few common issues with the Shockwave Flash Movie .SWF File Extensions while opening the .SWF files on Windows and MacOs, we have solution to those issues such as:

Can't Open SWF Files?

  1. You must have supported software programs installed for Shockwave Flash Movie on your system such as Adobe Flash Player.
  2. Associate default Adobe Adobe Flash Player program for *.swf (Shockwave Flash Movie) files.

    Associate SWF Default Program on Windows
    1. Right-click a *.SWF (e.g example.swf) file and click Open With.
    2. In the Open with dialog box, click Adobe Adobe Flash Player program Or click Browse to locate the program (*.exe) that you want.
    3. Select check box for Always use this app to open .swf files.

    Associate SWF Default Program on MacOs
    1. Click *.SWF (e.g example.swf) file and click information -> Open With.
    2. In the programs list, click Adobe Adobe Flash Player program Or other appropriate program that you want.
    3. Confirm Change for all... and Contine.
    4. A message will appear "This change will be applied to all files with .Adobe Flash Player extension. By clicking Continue you confirm your selection", click Contine to apply changes.

All Platform Software Programs for SWF File Extension

List of all softwares that can open the SWF files on each platforms such as Windows, Mac, iOS, Linux, Web and Android, you may click the each software link for more details for other supported formats for each software and the verified direct download links for each software with complete lisensing details.

Microsoft Windows logo image Open SWF File on Windows

Software License Developer
ACD Systems ACDSee image. ACD Systems ACDSee 2019 for Windows Commercial ACD Systems
Adobe Acrobat image. Adobe Acrobat DC 2019 for Windows Commercial Adobe
Adobe Captivate image. Adobe Captivate 2019 for Windows Commercial Adobe
Corel CorelDRAW Graphics Suite image. Corel CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2020 for Windows Commercial Corel
Adobe Dreamweaver image. Adobe Dreamweaver 2020 for Windows Commercial Adobe
Adobe Fireworks image. Adobe Fireworks CS6 for Windows Commercial Adobe
Adobe Flash image. Adobe Flash CC for Windows Commercial Adobe
Adobe Flash Player image. Adobe Flash Player 26 for Windows Freeware Adobe
Adobe FreeHand image. Adobe FreeHand 11 for Windows Commercial Adobe
Adobe Illustrator image. Adobe Illustrator 2020 for Windows Commercial Adobe
JRiver Media Center image. JRiver Media Center 19 for Windows Freeware JRiver
Media Player Classic image. Media Player Classic 1 for Windows Open Source Media Player Classic
Audials One image. Audials One 2018 for Windows Commercial Audials
MAGIX Sound Forge Pro image. MAGIX Sound Forge Pro 13 for Windows Commercial MAGIX
SWiSHzone.com SWiSH Max image. SWiSHzone.com SWiSH Max 000 for Windows Paid SWiSHzone.com SWiSH Max
MAGIX VEGAS image. MAGIX VEGAS 16 for Windows Commercial MAGIX
Xilisoft Video Converter Ultimate image. Xilisoft Video Converter Ultimate 7 for Windows Commercial Xilisoft
Aiseesoft Video Converter Ultimate image. Aiseesoft Video Converter Ultimate 9 for Windows Commercial Aiseesoft
Nullsoft Winamp image. Nullsoft Winamp 5 for Windows Freeware Nullsoft
yWorks yEd Graph Editor image. yWorks yEd Graph Editor 3 for Windows Freeware yWorks

MacOs logo image - FileProInfo.comOpen SWF File on Mac OS

Software License Developer
Adobe Acrobat image. Adobe Acrobat DC 2019 for MacOs Commercial Adobe
Adobe Captivate image. Adobe Captivate 2019 for MacOs Commercial Adobe
Corel CorelDRAW Graphics Suite image. Corel CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2020 for MacOs Commercial Corel
Adobe Dreamweaver image. Adobe Dreamweaver 2020 for MacOs Commercial Adobe
Eltima Elmedia Player image. Eltima Elmedia Player 6 for MacOs Freeware Eltima
Adobe Fireworks image. Adobe Fireworks CS6 for MacOs Commercial Adobe
Adobe Flash image. Adobe Flash CC for MacOs Commercial Adobe
Adobe Flash Player image. Adobe Flash Player 26 for MacOs Freeware Adobe
Adobe FreeHand image. Adobe FreeHand 11 for MacOs Commercial Adobe
Adobe Illustrator image. Adobe Illustrator 2020 for MacOs Commercial Adobe
JRiver Media Center image. JRiver Media Center 19 for MacOs Freeware JRiver
Xilisoft Video Converter Ultimate image. Xilisoft Video Converter Ultimate 7 for MacOs Commercial Xilisoft
Aiseesoft Video Converter Ultimate for Mac image. Aiseesoft Video Converter Ultimate for Mac 9 for MacOs Commercial Aiseesoft
Nullsoft Winamp image. Nullsoft Winamp 5 for MacOs Freeware Nullsoft
yWorks yEd Graph Editor image. yWorks yEd Graph Editor 3 for MacOs Freeware yWorks

Linux logo image - FileProInfo.comOpen SWF file on Linux

Software License Developer
Adobe Acrobat image. Adobe Acrobat DC 2019 for Linux Commercial Adobe
Adobe Flash Player image. Adobe Flash Player 26 for Linux Freeware Adobe
yWorks yEd Graph Editor image. yWorks yEd Graph Editor 3 for Linux Freeware yWorks

Website logo image - FileProInfo.comOpen SWF file on Web

Software License Developer

iOS logo image - FileProInfo.comOpen SWF file on iOS

Software License Developer

Android logo image - FileProInfo.comOpen SWF file on Android

Software License Developer
BIT LABS SWF Player image. BIT LABS SWF Player 000 for Android Free BIT LABS SWF Player

About Licensing

  1. Free Trial This software are often used for an attempt period, like 14 days, before requiring payment. Some trial versions have a reduced feature set.
  2. Free This software is liberal to use. Examples include open-source , freeware software, like free programs supported by advertising.
  3. Free+ This software is liberal to download and use, but contains in-app purchases (IAP) to unlock additional content or functionality.
  4. Paid This software must be purchased so as to use it. it's going to be offered as a perpetual license or ongoing subscription.
  5. Included with OS This software is bundled with an OS , like Windows, macOS, or Android.

SWF file extension icon image.About SWF - Shockwave Flash Movie

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Updated 4/1/2024


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