.FLA File Extension

File Type 1

Adobe Animate Animation

Developer Adobe Systems
3.9  |  223 Votes
Category Developer Files
Format N/A

What is an FLA file?

An FLA file is an animation project created by Adobe Animate, a program used to draw and publish interactive animations. It contains graphics, video, text elements, audio, and other assets. FLA files are often saved as .SWF files for use on the web as they are viewable in most web browsers with the Flash plugin.

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When you open an FLA file in the Animate environment you will see five main parts. The environment includes a stage that shows the visible area, a timeline that controls the timing of the elements, a tools panel that contains tools for working with elements in the project, a property inspector that displays information about elements, and a library panel that stores media elements.

NOTE: Animate was formerly known as Flash, which was originally developed by Macromedia but then merged with Adobe in 2005. Flash became Animate in 2016.

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Programs that open or reference FLA files

Updated October 17, 2016
File Type 2

Free Lossless Audio File

Developer Xiph.Org Foundation
1.5  |  2 Votes
Category Audio Files
Format Binary

What is an FLA file?

An FLA file is an audio file saved in the Free Lossless Audio Codec (FLAC) format. Some CD ripping software saves FLAC files with the .fla extension instead of the .FLAC extension. To use these files more easily, change their extension to .flac.

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Screenshot of a .fla file in Audacity
FLA file open in Audacity

FLAC is an open-source lossless audio compression format, used and recognized by many audio-related programs. In the past, some programs that created FLAC files could not assign file extensions longer than three letters. Thus, these programs saved FLAC files with the .fla extension. For example, Nero sometimes saved FLAC files with the .fla extension.

Other than using the .fla extension, FLA files are identical to FLAC files. Therefore, renaming the files to use the .flac extension will allow you to open and play them as you would any FLAC file.

How to open an FLA file

You can open an FLA file with VideoLAN VLC media player (multiplatform) or Audacity (multiplatform). If you change the file's extension to .flac, you'll be able to open it in additional media-playing and audio-editing programs.

How to convert an FLA file

You can use VideoLAN VLC media player or Audacity to convert FLA files to other audio formats. For example, Audacity can convert FLA files to the following formats:

  • .AIFF - Audio Interchange File Format
  • .WAV - WAVE Audio
  • .MP3 - MP3 Audio
  • .OGG - Ogg Vorbis Audio
  • .MP2 - MP2 Audio
  • .M4A - MPEG-4 Audio
  • .AC3 - Audio Codec 3
  • .WMA - Windows Media Audio

Programs that open FLA files

Updated December 2, 2022

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