What is a .SWF File And How To Open It – Adobe Systems (Easy Steps)

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Introduction

Have you came across a file with the .swf extension, but it is a file you have never seen before? You most likely know what the file is, but you might be unsure on how to open it. That’s why we have made this article! You will learn how to open the .swf file extension on various systems, what it is and how to work with it.

What is a .SWF file?

The file extension .SWF is from Shockwave Flash Movie.The developer of this file extension is Adobe Systems. The file has the binary format, and it is a video related file.

What to know

There are currently 10 software that can open the .swf file on 3 platforms.

How to open a .SWF file?

In this part of the article we will show you how to open the .SWF file on various operating systems.

How to open a .SWF file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

We have written below an easy-to-understand guide on how to open the .swf file on Windows in 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the Newgrounds Flash Player software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. The other software that you can use is Eltima SWF & FLV Player, Eltima Flash Decompiler Trillix, Xilisoft Video Converter Ultimate, Gretech GOM Player, Media Player Classic, SWF File Player and Newgrounds Flash Player.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .SWF file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the Newgrounds Flash Player software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .SWF file on Mac

The .swf file can be opened in 4 steps on Mac.

1. In the first step you need to download the Eltima Elmedia Player software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: Eltima Elmedia Player, Eltima Flash Decompiler Trillix and Eltima Flash Optimizer.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .SWF file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the Eltima Elmedia Player software you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .SWF file on Android

Below you can see a visual guide on how to open the .swf file on Android in simple steps.

Step 1

Image 1: Locating your .SWF file in the download folder

First of all you need to locate the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 2

Image2: Unable to open the file

While trying to open the file, it won’t work.

Step 3

Image3: Open your Google Play Store

You need to locate the Google Play Store and open it.

Step 4

Image4: Search for the software and download it

To open the file, you will need to download the BIT LABS SWF Player software. Please search for it in the Google Play Store and install it. You could also download the BIT LABS SWF Player software. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Android.

Still cannot open the .SWF file?

If you cannot open the .SWF file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. The .SWF file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .swi – SWiSHzone.com, .swidtag – SWID Tag File, .swift – Apple, .switch – Egress Software Technologies, .swj – Dassault Systemes. You might be trying to open one of them. Please recheck the file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .SWF file with the Newgrounds Flash Player, Eltima SWF & FLV Player, Eltima Flash Decompiler Trillix, Xilisoft Video Converter Ultimate, Gretech GOM Player, Media Player Classic, SWF File Player programs on Windows, Eltima Elmedia Player, Eltima Flash Decompiler Trillix, Eltima Flash Optimizer programs on Mac and BIT LABS SWF Player software on Android.