alphabetical list of extensions

File extension .SWF

File description

The Small Web Format is what the SWF extension stands for. The SWF file extension was designed to deliver animations and graphics over the Web to be easily viewed by the computer users. Graphics and animations that are designed with the Adobe Flash program are later saved with the SWF file format. Such files comprise both of graphics and text.

The SWF file format is the one that is used for all kinds of Flash related content. Macromedia initially developed Flash, which was acquired by Adobe in the year 2005. The SWF format files are basically the ‘end product’ files that are for the users to view and are termed as the read-only files that cannot be edited or changed.

Description of the problem
If you have on your computer a .SWF file that you cannot open, you are in exactly the same situation as thousands of other people who have similar problems with this or any other unknown file.

There may be several reasons why you cannot open the file with .SWF extension. Directly on this website you can find a solution of the most common problem with the .SWF file – that you do not have on your computer the appropriate program to open the file.
From the list below, select the appropriate program, install it and double click on the icon of a file that did not want to open - the problem with the .SWF file extension should be solved. However, if this does not happen, go back to the website to learn about other possible causes of the error, which have been described at the bottom of the website.
Video Files
Adobe Systems
File name: Shockwave Flash Movie
Programs that will open this file:
Adobe Creative Cloud Adobe Creative Cloud
Adobe Creative Suite Adobe Creative Suite
Adobe Dreamweaver Adobe Dreamweaver
Adobe Flash Adobe Flash
Flash Decompiler Trillix Flash Decompiler Trillix
FormatFactory FormatFactory
GOM Player GOM Player
Media Player Classic Media Player Classic
SWF & FLV Player SWF & FLV Player
SWF & FLV Toolbox SWF & FLV Toolbox
SWF Protector SWF Protector
SWFTools SWFTools
Swiff Player Swiff Player
Web browser Web browser
WinX Video Converter WinX Video Converter
Mac OS
Mac OS
Adapter Adapter
Adobe Dreamweaver Adobe Dreamweaver
Adobe Flash Adobe Flash
Flash Decompiler Trillix Flash Decompiler Trillix
Flash Optimizer Flash Optimizer
iSwiff iSwiff
SWF Protector SWF Protector
Web browser Web browser
Adobe Flash Player Adobe Flash Player
SWF Protector SWF Protector
Web browser Web browser
The .SWF file extension can correspond to several not related file formats. If there is more than one file format with the .SWF extension, you will probably find most of them at this website. Remember that you need to download a program to support a particular file type. So first look through the entire contents of the website to select a program to support just the file you have.

Other possible reasons why your .SWF file does not want to open

In addition to the problem described above, i.e. the lack of the appropriate application to support the .SWF file, there may be several reasons that cause problems with opening and operation of the data format:

1. Incorrect version of the installed application

A quite common problem is the lack of application in the appropriate version. Even if you have an application, with the help of which you should open the .SWF file, you may have a problem with it because of its version. Perhaps in previous versions the application has not yet supported the .SWF file, so download the update and check again.

2. Incorrect .SWF file association with the program

If you have already installed the appropriate application, and it is the correct version, the file may not open correctly, because the operating system does not have information that this program supports the file. So you need to "show" which program the computer should use. To do this:

  • Right-click the .SWF file
  • Go to the "Open with" - then "Choose default program ..."
  • Locate the appropriate application
  • Click "OK"

3. The file is corrupt

It also happens that the file you want to open is corrupt and therefore there is no such possibility. In this situation, you should find its different version, or ask a person from whom you got, to send it again.