How To Open swf Files

How to Open swf Files

You might often find a file with .swf as an extension but fail to open it. If you are wondering what is a .swf file and how to open .swf files on Windows, Mac and Chrome, then you’ve come to the right place.

What are .swf files?

SWF, short for Small Web Format (or Shock Wave Flash), are multimedia files that are compressed especially to be shared online among users. Although Flash was a popular web format for animated, audio and video files to play online, it is eventually become redundant. This is the reason that many operating systems and even browsers fail to open (play) .swf files.

However, there are simple solutions that can help you play .swf files easily on Google Chrome when using Windows or Mac.

How To Open swf Files
How To Open SWF Files

How to Open SWF Files on Mac?

Here are the simple steps to open .swf files on Mac system.

  • Open Elmedia Player website 

Open your browser and type in –– and hit Return. This opens the webpage where you can download Elmedia Player on your Mac free of charge.

  • Download Elmedia Player

Click on the green-colored “Download Now” button at the top of the webpage to begin downloading the setup files. The download should be completed within a couple of minutes.

  • Install Elmedia Player

Once the Elmedia Player DMG files are downloaded completely, double-click on the downloaded file to begin installing the player on your Mac. Follow the simple on-screen instructions to install the player successfully.

  • Open Elmedia Player

Open Spotlight on your Mac and type in – elmedia player – before hitting the search button. Click on the top result to open Elmedia Player on your Mac.

  • Use Elmedia Player

Click on the “File” option in the toolbar on top of the screen, choose “Open” by clicking on it. Once the Finder window appears, browse through your system and click on the .swf video file of your choice before clicking on “Open” option at the bottom of the window. This allows Elmedia Player to automatically begin playing the .swf video file on your computer.

How to Open SWF Files on Windows?

If you are a PC user, then follow these four simple steps to open .swf files on Windows.

  • Open SWF File Player website

Type in –– on your browser and hit Enter. This website allows you to watch .swf videos and games easily.

  • Download SWF File Player

Once the webpage loads completely, click on the green-colored “Download” button at the left-hand corner of the webpage.Once you click to download, wait for the setup files to download completely.

  • Install SWF File Player

Once the SWF File Player setup files are downloaded completely, choose to install the app by double-clicking on the shortcut icon created for SWF File Player on your desktop. Begin installation by clicking on the “Next” button at the bottom of the dialogue box.

  • Use SWF File Player

Once the SWF File Player is completely installed and ready to use, you can click on the “File” option in the toolbar on top. Next, click on “Open” option from the drop-down list. Once the search box opens, browse through your computer to find and select the specific .swf file you wish to play. Once the file is loaded onto the SWF File Player, click on the “Play” button at the bottom of the dialogue box to play the .swf file easily on your Windows computer.

How to Open SWF Files on Chrome?

If you wish to open .swf files directly on your Google Chrome web browser using the PepperFlash Flash Player built-in the browser. Follow these simple steps to play .swf files on Chrome.

  • Enable Adobe Flash Player

If you are unsure whether Adobe Flash Player is active and running on your computer, then open Google Chrome, and go to Plug-Ins option from the drop-down menu at the right-hand side of the window. Check the tick-box before Adobe Flash Player icon to enable it.

  • Update Google Chrome

You also need to ensure that your version of Google Chrome is updated with the latest updates. To check if your Chrome is updated, open it and click on “Components” option from the menu. Check that there are no notifications for pending updates to Google Chrome on your system.

Use the built-in PepperFlash plug-in on Google Chrome to play .swf files easily.


Hopefully, this article helped you to learn about .swf files and how to open and play SWF files on Windows, Mac and on Google Chrome.

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