How to open SWF Files Outside Your Web Browser

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How to open SWF Files Outside Your Web Browser

It’s very easy to open an SWF File. SWF File is an Adobe Flash file format used for multimedia like videos that are inserted in a website.

The steps also vary depending on what type of operating system your computer has. For you to watch SWF videos and play SWF games check the steps below on how to open an SWF File on Windows and Mac.

How to open SWF Files
How to open SWF Files

Using Windows:

  • On your windows browser. Search on google SWF File player.
  • Once the page loads, look for the words “Download Now” on the left side of the page. Double click on the green button and wait for the file to finish downloading.
  • Double click the downloaded file on your computers downloaded location to start the installation process.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions and complete the set-up.
  • Double click the file player if the file doesn’t open.
  • Now that we have completed the setup. Open SWF File, on the top-left corner you can see the File button. Click that and a drop-down menu will show, now select and click Open.
  • You will be prompted to open the File Explorer window. Look for the folder in which your SWF File is saved.
  • Click the SWF File and click Open
  • The SWF File will open and a list of attributes will show on your screen. Click Play at the bottom of the attributes.
  • Now you will be able to play the video or be able to play a game as though you were on a web page.

Using Mac

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How to open SWF Files
  • Search on google Elmedia player to allow you to play videos and games in an SWF File
  • Open the Google search result for Elmedia player
  • On the top page look for the words “Download Now”. click on it and wait for the file to finish downloading.
  • Open the downloaded file in file manager and install it
  • Follow the on-screen instructions, verify the download, and complete the set-up.
  • Open the newly installed Elmedia Player
  • On the top left corner, click File, and a drop-down menu will show, now select and click Open.
  • You will be prompted to open a Finder window. Look for the folder in which your SWF File is stored and click the SWF File.
  • Click Open at the bottom.
  • Now you will be able to play the video file. Only SWF File that is a video file can be played inside of Elmedia. If your SWF File contains games for example you won’t be able to play it on your Mac.

How to open SWF Files Outside Your Web Browser in Adobe Flash

SWF is an abbreviation for the small web format, an Adobe Flash file format used for multimedia, vector graphics and ActionScript.

Adobe hides the standalone Flash player very well. This is actually called the “Flash Player Content Debugger” on Adobe’s website.

To achieve this, go to the Debug download page on Adobe’s Flash Player website. Click the “Download Flash Player Projector Content Debugger” link under Windows, Mac, or Linux, depending on which operating system you are using.

How to open SWF Files
How to open SWF Files
  1. On Windows, you’ll have an EXE file that needs no installation. Just double-click it to run it.
  2. You’ll get a simple Adobe Flash Player window. To open an SWF file, either drag and drop it to the window or click File > Open. You can browse to an SWF file on your local system or enter a path to an SWF file on the web.
  3. Resize the window to zoom in if the Flash object appears too tiny. Now, you can watch and interact with the SWF file as you usually would.

This Flash Player will keep working in the future, even after web browsers ax Flash completely. It’s not just a debug tool for developers; it’s an extremely useful compatibility solution for anyone that needs Flash.

Originating with FutureWave Software, then transferred to Macromedia, and then coming under the control of Adobe, SWF files can contain animations or applets of varying degrees of interactivity and function. They may also occur in programs, commonly browser games, using ActionScript.

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 Unzip the file (if necessary).

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Click and drag the SWF file into your browser window.
  4. 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.

Method 4: Android Device

  1. 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.
  2. 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 5: iPhone or iPad

  1. 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.

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.

I am sure that now you are happy enjoying your SWF files…

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