How Do You Open an SWF File?


Quick Answer

Drag and drop the SWF into your browser to open the file. If that method does not work, download and install Eltima Flash Movie Player to open and view SWF files on both Windows and Mac computers.

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  1. Open a browser

    Open a Web browser, and navigate to the Eltima website. Click the green Download button to download the program to your Windows computer. If you use a Mac, click the Mac icon on the Eltima home page, and click the orange Download button on the newly opened page.

  2. Install Eltima

    Double-click the executable Eltima file to run the installer. Follow the on-screen prompts to install Eltima on your computer. Close the installer.

  3. Navigate to the SWF file

    Open a Windows Explorer or a Mac Finder window. Navigate the folders to your SWF file.

  4. Choose a program

    Right-click the SWF file, and select Open With. Select Eltima from the default list, or click the Choose Default Application button to search for Eltima in your Windows C: drive or the Mac Applications directory.

  5. Play the SWF file

    After selecting Eltima, the program should open and play the SWF file. Use the built-in controls to interact with the SWF file. Close Eltima when done.

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