How to Open SWF Files

Four Methods:On a ComputerSWF PlayerAndroid DeviceiPhone or iPad

Do you have SWF files of your favorite Flash movies and games, but can't figure out how to play them? You can play SWF files on your computer with just a few steps, and you can also play them on your mobile devices with a little patience.

Method 1
On a Computer

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    Unzip the file (if necessary). Sometimes SWF files will be packaged in ZIP files. You can extract the file by double-clicking the ZIP file to open it, and then dragging the SWF file to the location you want to save it to.
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    Open your web browser on your computer. You can use virtually any web browser to open SWF files, including Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and others.
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    Click and drag the SWF file into your browser window.
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    Release the file in the browser window. Your SWF file should start playing automatically.
    • If your file can't be opened, you may need to install the latest version of Flash for your browser. Click here for detailed instructions.

Method 2
SWF Player

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    Find a suitable Flash player. There are a variety of free and professional players that are available online. These may offer more playback options than a web browser. Popular programs include:
    • Swiff Player (Windows)
    • iSwiff (OS X)
    • Eltima Flash Movie Player (Windows and OS X)
    • GOM Media Player (Windows)
    • Media Player Classic (Windows)
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    Install the Flash player. Make sure that you decline any bundled software.
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    Right-click on the downloaded SWF file.
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    Select Open With.
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    Select your Flash player from the list of suggested programs. If you can't find the new player on the list, select "Choose default program..." (Windows) or "Other" (OS X) and browse for the newly-installed player.
    • You can usually find the player installed in the "Program Files" folder on your C: drive (Windows), or in your "Applications" folder (OS X).
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    Play the file. Once you select your Flash player, your file should begin playing. You can usually pause, rewind, and interact in other ways using the player

Method 3
Android Device

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    Download an SWF player from the Google Play Store. Although Adobe has stopped supporting Flash on Android devices, you can download SWF player apps that will allow you to open and play SWF files on your Android phone or tablet. Most of these apps are free and available in the Google Play Store.
    • You may need to install a File Explorer app in order to find SWF files that you've downloaded to your phone. These file explorer apps are also available on the Google Play Store.
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    Convert the SWF file. You can use a variety of conversion service to convert SWF files to either HTML5 or MP4 video format. These formats can be easily read by mobile browsers or video players. You can find these conversion services by searching the web. You may need to convert the file on your computer before transferring it to your Android device. Some popular options include:
    • Google Swift - This service by Google allows you to convert SWF to HTML 5, which can then be viewed in any modern browser without a plugin.
    • Freemake Video Converter - This free program can take SWF files and convert them to nearly any video format you choose, such as MP4.

Method 4
iPhone or iPad

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    Download a third-party browser from the App Store. Since Flash is not supported on Apple devices, you will need to install a third-party browser that can display Flash objects. One such browser is Puffin, available on the App Store. Another popular option is the Skyfire browser.
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    Convert the SWF file. You can use a variety of conversion service to convert SWF files to either HTML5 or MP4 video format. These formats can be easily read by mobile browsers or video players. You can find these conversion services by searching the web. You may need to convert on your computer and then transfer the file to your iPhone or iPad.
    • Freemake Video Converter - This free program can take SWF files and convert them to nearly any video format you choose, such as MP4.
    • Avidemux - Another free video conversion program that can output a variety of files that will play on your iPhone or iPad.

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