File Extension SWF

  • Full name
    ShockWave Flash, Animated Vector Format For The Internet
  • Developer
    Adobe Systems
  • Popularity
Have you encountered a problem with a SWF file? Don’t you know which program opens a file with this extension? You will find all the information you need about working with a SWF file here. In the further part of this page we have added a list of programs that should open your SWF file. It is enough you choose a proper application for your operating system, download and install it.


Files with the extension SWF contain animations in Adobe Flash format. The abbreviation stands for Small Web Format.

Thanks to the cross-platform availability of the Flash Player as a browser plug-in, SWF files are very widespread on the Internet today.

SWF files can contain both vector and bitmap graphics as well as audio, videos, animations, text and links. A variety of interactive content, from presentations to the navigation of a website to games are also possible.

Flash has many advantages, including a fixed, cross-platform layout, independence from local resources such as fonts, interactive capabilities, and controllability. But has the disadvantage of not being an open standard.

Flash can also be streamed and protected by DRM (Digital Rights Management).

The contents of a SWF file can be extracted and modified with appropriate software.

However, many SWF converters only produce videos that lack the rest of Flash's ability. The production of fully functional SWF files requires authoring software.

Programs which can open a SWF file

How to open a SWF file? Advice and guidance

Absolutely most often appearing reason that prevents you from opening the SWF file is the lack of a proper application to support it in your operating system. It is notably the first thing you need to address. When one of the programs to support a SWF file from the list is already installed, you can try to rerun the file. The system should display a message asking you to choose a primary application to support SWF files. At this point we are looking for disk space where the application was installed in and we can link it with a SWF file. Since then, our operating system will use the selected program to support all SWF files.

Other issues

Despite the described problem with SWF there may be many more problems. If the existing operations were not effective, get involved with the following matters:

- verify that the SWF file is not damaged and that it has been downloaded or copied in whole
- verify that the file has a file extension that has not been intentionally changed (for example, if it do not contain other information than its extension suggests)
- make sure again whether the SWF file type is linked in the operating system with a proper program
- make sure that the file is not infected with a virus and you have up to date software and drivers.

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