SWF File Extension

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Shockwave Flash Movie
  • Developer
    Adobe Systems
  • Popularity
    4 (13 votes)

What is SWF file?

Files with the .SWF extension contain animations, which can be interactive, stored in a proprietary format, originally created by FutureWaves Software in the year 1993. The assumption of the SWF format was to create Small Web Format files – in order to support internet animation.

Current format, obtained by Macromedia, and then by Adobe, is used to create and store:

  • multimedia,
  • Vector graphic,
  • Applets or ActionScript programs.

Applications used to create SWF files are the popular Flash, Adobe Animate, which substituted Adobe Flash, and also couple open-source applications. In the year 2008, Adobe has partially opened the format, enabling also Google and Yahoo to index code of animations. Format was developed through many years, its first versions enabled to animate only vector graphic, and currently, its possibilities are much broader and include also basic 3D animation. In order to open a Flash animation within a browser, a proper plugin is necessary.

Conversion of a SWF file

When you install one of the applications from the list of programs that you found here, you should be able to open or edit the file with the SWF extension without any issue. However, if you still have problems with this, you may use the option of SWF file conversion to a different format.

File Conversions from SWF extension to a different format
File conversions from other format to SWF file

We hope we helped you solve the problem with the SWF file. If you do not know where you can download the application from our list, click on the link (which is the name of the program) - you will find more information there on the location where to download the secure setup version of the required application.

What else may cause problems?

There can be more reasons which determine that you are not able to open the SWF file (apart from the lack of the proper application installed).

First - the SWF file may be incorrectly associated with the application installed to support it. In this case, you need to change this association by yourself. To do this, right-click on the SWF file that you want to edit, click "Open with" and then select the program from the list that you have installed. After this operation, the problems with opening the SWF file should be solved.

Second - the file you want to open can simply be damaged. Then, the best solution is to find a new version of given file, or download it again from the same source as before (maybe for some reason in the previous session the download of the SWF file has not been completed and it cannot be opened properly).

Do you want to help?

If you have additional information about the SWF file, we will be grateful if you share it with our users. To do this, use the form here and send us your information on SWF file.

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