What are the best media players for SWF files?

A lot of animations and games on the internet still use the SWF format, and it's a format that isn't supported by mainstream media players. Thankfully, we've compiled a list of the best media players for SWF files so you can access your favorite flash files before you can shout "THERE SHE IS!"

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    #1SWF & FLV Player

    SWF & FLV Player

    The Eltima SWF & FLV Player is known to be a versatile Flash player that runs on Windows and Mac operating system. Aside from its built-in browser, it lets users open SWF files.

    Software

    Mac

    Free

    Jonathan Adams
    Written on July 10, 2019
    "When you are running on WIndows 10, most often than not, it will not allow you to pen .swf files saying your pc doesn't have a program associated bla bla. One basic trick is installing adobe flash player. But the thing is, when the file is from other location, this is where SWF & FLV player swoops in. Also works on my mac!"
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    #2Media Player Classic

    Media Player Classic

    With its customizable interface, the Media Player Classic is a media player that is able to read and load files in SWF form. Its lightweight nature makes it accessible through old PCs.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Tiffany Burke
    Written on June 19, 2017
    "I was looking for a free media player and I think I found the perfect one. Not being tech savvy I decided to download this open source media player and was greatly surprised. Not only can I view all my media formats but there are no ads and cumbersome toolbars! As a newb I love that part of it!"
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    #3VLC Media Player

    VLC Media Player

    Ranging from MKV to MP4, to FLV and SWF, the VLC Media Player is a universal media player that supports almost any media file format. It runs on Android, Windows, Mac, and iOS.

    Software

    Android, Windows, Mac, iOS

    Free

    Laura Rice
    Written on July 10, 2019
    "After reformatting my PC, I didn't actually know how to get a new copy of the Adobe Dreamweaver and Adobe Animate because I never though media players could open swf files. I needed to open some for my thesis and my friends told me that VLC media player can open files in SWF format."

DID YOU KNOW?

No matter how old you are, chances are you’ve heard of a website called Newgrounds.com. Founded in 1995 by Tom Fulp, Newgrounds was the go-to media site on the internet YouTube’s founding ten years later, and its primary file format was SWF. It was Newgrounds where some animators and musicians found their grounding. Arin “Egoraptor” Hanson, currently one of the hosts of the YouTube channel “Game Grumps” as well as a vocalist of the band “Starbomb”, first made his splash on Newgrounds with a series of video game parodies titled the “Awesome series”, short parodies about various triple-A video game franchises. Dubstep artist xKore also started on Newgrounds, making contributions to a 2011 flash game called “Emo Gunner”. And the ties don’t just stop there as many animation channels on YouTube DREW inspiration from some animations on Newgrounds. Emirichu states her favorite animators were a trio under the name SamBakZa, creators of a flash animation series titled “There She Is” that ran from 2004 to 2008. Domics and Let Me Explain Studios were inspired by Egoraptor’s animations on the flash portal. Additionally, some artists like Derpixon and Minus8 still prefer using Newgrounds to this day as there are less restrictions on flash content in comparison to websites like YouTube.

While Newgrounds isn’t as popular as it is in its heyday, it still stands as one of the most popular websites to find flash content. If you want to be able to play their animations without the need of an internet connection, you can do so using one of the media players for SWF files found on this list! You can now enjoy FLASH-y animations anytime you want, even without an internet connection!

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    #4KMPlayer

    KMPlayer

    KMPlayer features a full capacity to access and open any Flash file, especially SWF files even in full-screen mode, whether the file is from your computer, URL, or FTP location.

    Apps

    Android, Windows, Mac, iOS

    Free

    Pamela Montgomery
    Written on July 10, 2019
    "HI friends! Just wanna let you know that you can also open AAC and OGG file formats using the kmplayer. I read online that if you are not into media players, a lot of Adobe software do the job too!"
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    #5Elmedia Player

    Elmedia Player

    Bid goodbye to your old tools for opening Shockwave files with the Elmedia Player. Its smart technology automatically resizes the program according to the SWF's content size.

    Software

    Mac

    $9.99

    Ethan Harper
    Written on July 10, 2019
    "Well, recommending this swf media player if you are opening or downloading videos primarily. One of the best media players for SWF files!"
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    #6Free SWF Player

    Free SWF Player
    Free SWF Player allows users to play SWF files on Windows based devices. It offers a simple interface which makes very easy to use the player.
    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Richard Fernandez
    Written on May 19, 2017
    "I like downloading favorite videos and flash files I find on the internet, but often struggle finding the software to play the files once they're on my computer. The Free SWF Player is an awesome tool allowing me to play movies and flash files, create playlists, and even play in fullscreen. It's a sleek, easy to use, and best of all free slice of goodness!"
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    #7Flash Movie Player

    Flash Movie Player
    Flash Movie Player allows users to easily play Flash movies, based on the Macromedia Flash Viewer plugin. It offers a variety of capabilities including full-screen mode, integration with your web browser's cache, playlists, support for running .exe programs, etc.
    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Rebecca Dixon
    Written on September 12, 2017
    "Flash Movie Player is an easy to use media player for SWF files. You can also integrate them with your playlists. Great support is offered which is always a plus for me. "
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    #8GOM Player

    GOM Player
    GOM Player is a free video player for Windows that allows you to play all the most popular video formats by default: AVI, MP4, MKV, FLV, WMV, MOV, and more. 
    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Dennis Stephens
    Written on January 1, 2018
    "SWF files freeze up CONSTANTLY! This was not made with SWF files in mind and if it was, someone failed to test the actual functionality. Even in SWF files that have interactable pages the player fails to actually utilize all that my SWF files have to offer."
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    #9Free Flash Downloader

    Free Flash Downloader
    Moyea Free Flash Downloader is a free swf downloader which allows you to easily download SWF files and flash games. It offers the possibility of previewing SWF files before downloading them.
    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Leonardo Andrade
    Written on April 12, 2017
    "While Flash is no longer the Juggernaut it used to be there are still times when I need something that just so happens to be made in Flash and I just so happen to need it on my laptop when I am going someplace without WiFi. Free Flash Downloader does exactly what it says it does and being able to download games and videos on the go is still pretty essential to me."
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    #10iSwiff

    iSwiff
    iSwiff allows you to play Flash games, animations and movies without your web browser. With iSwiff you can enjoy full screen experience, uncluttered by browser toolbars and ads,
    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Debra Howard
    Written on June 18, 2017
    "I always had issues with accidentally clicking the wrong thing when I would play games in my browser. Whether it was an ad, the back button, the "X" up in the corner, somehow I'd always accidentally hit it. With iSwiff, I don't have that problem anymore! It cleans up my browser so all that I have on it is the game I'm playing, full-screen, problem-free."
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    #11Swiff Player

    Swiff Player
    Swiff Player is a free for SWF files, specially designed for making the Flash Experience as easy as possible. It includes several features, such as full-screen mode.
    Software

    Windows

    Free

    José Angel Ávalos
    Written on September 26, 2018
    "IDK why this isnt on the top since this is deffo the best media player to play .swf files due to its optimization. But hey, viewer's choice I guess. My suggestion, try this out before trying the top since it's pretty reliable."

Summary

Best What are the best media players for SWF files
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1SWF & FLV Player Software 6 Free
2Media Player ClassicSoftware 3 Free
3VLC Media PlayerSoftware 0 Free
4KMPlayerApps 0 Free
5Elmedia PlayerSoftware 0 Paid
6Free SWF PlayerSoftware 0 Free
7Flash Movie PlayerSoftware 0 Free
8GOM PlayerSoftware 0 Free
9Free Flash Downloader Software 0 Free
10iSwiffSoftware 0 Free
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