.SWF File Extension

Small Web Format

SWF files bring animated graphics, video, and sound to the web. They also offer browser-based games. Originally, SWF was for Shockwave Flash. As SWF files became standard for Flash, it meant Small Web...

General Information

Title SWF File Extension
Extension .swf
Full Form Small Web Format
File Type Binary
Developer FutureWave Software, Macromedia, Adobe Systems
MIME Type application/x-shockwave-flash

File Function

Primary Function Multimedia, Vector Graphics
Additional Functions ActionScript execution
Features Interactive, Animated

File Characteristics

Quality Scalable
Supports Layers Yes
Supports Transparency Yes
Editable With authoring software

Use Cases

Web Animation Yes
Gaming Yes
E-Learning Yes

Security and Practices

Security Risks Malware, Exploits
Best Practices Regular updates, Disabling auto-play

Historical/Version Information

Initial Release 1996
Latest Version Flash Player 32 (2020)

Associated Types

Similar Extensions .fla, .as, .abc

Software Compatibility

Software Usage Policy OS Compatibility
Adobe Flash Player Discontinued Windows, Mac, Linux
Adobe Animate Subscription Windows, Mac
SWF File Player Free Windows