.SWF File Extension

Adobe Systems
File Type:
Shockwave Flash Movie

Having trouble opening .swf extension? Don't panic! This page explains what swf files are as well as suggests programs you may use to open swf files. You can download these programs through this page.

What is a SWF file?

Swf file extension has Shockwave Flash Movie file type, developed by Adobe Systems, which is associated with the "video files" category.

Associated with Adobe Flash, the file contains an animation, which has been generated by the software, along with raster graphics, text, and other content. The file may be easily accessed either via Flash Player, or a browser that supports the Flash plugin.

Users should not attempt to edit SWF files because of compiled ActionScript and compressed media they store. Users may edit the .FLA file if they need to modify a Flash animation.

To learn how you can open the given file, read the information below.

swf file icon
Adobe Systems
File Type:
Shockwave Flash Movie
Video Files

How to open SWF file?

Double click the swf file to open it. The file will open automatically if file associations have been correctly installed and there is a proper program on your computer; if not, file associations may be corrupted and your OS either cannot find the proper program, or you might not have one for opening the file. First, we recommend downloading our utility to fix file association errors; then, you can download any program for opening the .swf extension from the ones suggested below. If you are certain there is nothing wrong with the file associations, you may proceed to method 2 right away; besides, if you can't make up your mind when choosing the right program, use Universal File Viewer from the last method.

Method 1: Fix file association errors

Follow these steps in order to automatically fix the swf extension associations' problem in no time:

  • Step 1: Click on "Download Solution" to download automatic tool provided by WikiExt.
  • Step 2: Click "Start Scan" to identify all potential issues.
  • Step 3: Review scan results and click "Fix Items".

File Size: 3.04 MB, Download time: < 1 min. on DSL/ADSL/Cable

This Tool is Compatible With: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8/8.1, 10

Method 2: Download the appropriate software

The given list provides programs which may be used for opening or converting the swf file. Choose the proper program for your OS, and click it to start the download or proceed to the developer's website.

Programs that open SWF files

Method 3: Use universal file viewer

In addition to the list of programs above, we recommend using Universal File Viewer. This tool can open over 250 file extensions and, most likely, it will be able to open the swf file as well. Download Universal File Viewer for your OS.

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