File Type Shockwave Flash Movie IconShockwave Flash Movie
File Format Proprietary (Adobe Systems)
Usage Referenced by an application; not meant to be opened manually; may run a program or script when opened
Rank ★ ★ ★  Common

SWF, pronounced "Swiff," is a multimedia format used by Adobe Flash. It can include text, graphics, animations, and interactive content.

SWF files are often generated from standard Flash (.FLA) files. Once the Flash animation is complete, it is saved as a SWF, which saves all the data in a portable, compressed format. SWF files can be played within a Web browser that includes the Flash plug-in or using the standalone Flash Player.

Info About Adobe Flash Player

Flash Player is a free video player distributed by Adobe. It can play Flash video files as well as several different other video file formats. Flash Player supports vector, raster, and 3D animations. It is the standard player used for YouTube videos.

Flash Player is also a popular Web browser plug-in, which allows users to play Flash content within a Web browser.

Open With

IconAdobe Flash Player

IconEltima SWF & FLV Player for Windows

IconEltima Flash Decompiler for Windows


IconAdobe Flash Player

IconEltima Elmedia Player

IconEltima Flash Decompiler for Mac


IconAdobe Flash Player

Updated August 20, 2009
Information from the PC File Extensions Reference