A SWF (pronounced Swiff) file is a Shockwave Flash Movie file. SWF files contain interactive graphics and text and are often used for online games and animations. SWF files are compiled from FLA animation files and are then compressed. Originally SWF was an acronym for ShockWave Flash, but as SWF became a standard for flash content on the internet, the meaning of SWF was changed to the backronym, Small Web Format.
How can you open SWF files?
SWA files can be opened and viewed by a SWF file player or browsers that support the Adobe Flash Player plugin. It is technically possible to edit SWF files, but given that it is both compiled and compressed, it is a complex process and unreliable, editing the original FLA animation files, and recompiling the SWF file is generally significantly easier. It is possible to decompile SWF files back to FLA animation files.
What programs work with SWF files?
The easiest place to view any type of SWF flash file used to be in a web browser, with an Adobe Flash plugin, however the poor security track record of the plugin, has led most modern browsers to remove, or plan to remove support for flash entirely. SWF File Player, MPC-HC and GOM Player can all play SWF games, other tools like Elmedia Player can play SWF movies, but can’t be used to play interactive games.
SWF files can be embedded in PDF documents, and opened by Adobe Reader 9 and newer versions. Adobe’s product suite, such as Adobe Flash’s successor, Animate, can be used to open SWF files.
Flash Decompiler Trillix and JPEXS-Decompiler can convert SWF files back to FLA animations files for editing and recompilation.