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.SWF File Extension

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File TypeShockwave Flash Movie

DeveloperAdobe Systems
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CategoryVideo Files
FormatBinary

Binary

This file is saved in a binary format, which requires a specific program to read its contents.

What is an SWF file?

An SWF file is an animation created with Adobe Flash that can be played by Flash Player or with a web browser that has the Flash plugin installed. It may contain text, vector and raster graphics, and interactive content written in ActionScript.

More Information

SWF files are commonly used to bring animated graphics, video, and sound to the web. They are also a popular means of delivering browser-based games. Because SWF files contain compiled ActionScript and compressed media, they are not meant to be edited. To modify a Flash animation, it is recommended to edit the original .FLA file instead.

SWF (pronounced "Swiff") was originally an acronym for "Shockwave Flash" since the SWF format was designed for Shockwave Player. However, as SWF files became a standard means of publishing Flash content on the Web, acronym has been modified to mean Small Web Format as well.

NOTE: Flash was originally developed by Macromedia, which was acquired by Adobe Systems in 2005. Therefore, Macromedia Flash is now called Adobe Flash.

Programs that open SWF files
Windows
Adobe Flash Player 20
Adobe Flash Professional CC
Adobe Dreamweaver CC 2015
Eltima SWF & FLV Player
Eltima SWF & FLV Toolbox
Eltima Flash Decompiler Trillix
Xilisoft Video Converter Ultimate
GRETECH GOM Player
Media Player Classic
GlobFX Swiff Player
DCOMSOFT SWF Protector
Web browser
with the Flash plugin
Mac
Adobe Flash Player 20
Adobe Flash Professional CC
Adobe Dreamweaver CC 2015
Eltima Elmedia Player
Eltima Flash Decompiler Trillix
Eltima Flash Optimizer
Echo One iSwiff
DCOMSOFT SWF Protector
Web browser
with the Flash plugin
Linux
Adobe Flash Player 20
DCOMSOFT SWF Protector
Web browser
with the Flash plugin
Android
BIT LABS SWF Player
Updated 7/14/2016

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