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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

How to play .swf files on your Desktop? Use Adobe Desktop Standalone Flash Player

Many a times you may get Flash files(with file extension .swf) from friends as e-mail forwards or you may have downloaded it off from websites online. But how do you play the .swf files in your desktop?

Here's how you can do it. Well, you have two options to play flash files off your desktop.
  • Open the file within your web-browser. Simple - Drag and drop the .swf file into Internet Explorer or Firefox and it'll play.
  • The other way is to play your flash files using the Adobe Standalone Flash Player.
    For this you will first need to Download the Windows Flash Player 9 Projector content debugger from the Adobe Site [Freeware].
    There is NO installation needed. Just open the downloaded .exe and open your .swf from within the Projector.
    In order to associate all .swf files to open using the Projector, right click the .swf file and "Open with" option. Once there, choose the location of your Projector.exe and you are done.
Hope this information was useful.


  1. Neo said,

    Thank's a lot Mr Jason, this was a great help.
    I was looking for a long time to this projector (I have the old 6 version) but there is no clear explanation ans I ony got the f** Shockwave_Installer_Full.exe

    Thank's again

    on 7/14/2007 7:14 PM

  2. Jason S said,

    Nice to know that this information helped Neo.


    on 7/16/2007 4:59 PM

  3. Anonymous said,

    Thanks dude! Exactly what I needed!!!!

    on 12/03/2007 10:40 AM

  4. Anonymous said,


    on 1/07/2008 2:33 AM

  5. Anonymous said,

    thanks for that

    on 2/16/2008 6:27 PM

  6. Anonymous said,

    Excelent artical Jason. Keep it up

    Manoj- Australia

    on 7/04/2008 11:02 AM

  7. Anonymous said,

    thank you for the info.. it helped me a lot.. more power GOD bless..

    on 10/03/2008 2:36 PM

  8. Anonymous said,

    thanks buddy.....i was looking for this....great help

    on 10/22/2008 7:27 PM

  9. Anonymous said,

    Thank you Jason and GBY.

    on 1/22/2009 10:14 AM

  10. Anonymous said,

    Thanks man, keep it up.

    on 1/29/2009 6:58 AM

  11. Anonymous said,

    That is very useful information - easy to find as well (I Googled it). Thanks for sharing!!

    on 2/24/2009 10:34 PM

  12. Anonymous said,

    Thanks - exactly what I was looking for.

    on 2/27/2009 8:26 PM

  13. mani4u said,

    thanks alot

    on 3/20/2009 4:54 PM

  14. Anonymous said,

    Thanks Man! Really needed this!

    on 5/11/2009 2:43 AM

  15. Bam said,

    finally an article that actually made sense

    on 8/17/2009 12:07 PM

  16. Anonymous said,

    Thanks jason...it was really helpul

    on 9/10/2009 6:51 PM

  17. Anonymous said,

    Excellent job, thanks man

    on 11/21/2009 2:08 AM

  18. TDM said,

    Thank you. It helped me a lot.

    on 1/23/2010 9:26 AM

  19. Thanks for this article Jason. It was exactly what i was looking for. Also,I thought you'd like to know it was the #1 hit on Google for "play swf files."

    on 2/02/2010 5:38 AM

  20. Moggy said,

    Thank you! I dled two other programs to do this and neither worked. Your solution did!

    on 2/17/2010 5:31 AM

  21. Anonymous said,

    Thank you for such and easy fix. I tried for hours to get this off of the Adobe Website. Thanks so much.

    on 2/18/2010 1:39 AM

  22. PERSON said,

    thanks, that really helped.

    on 2/23/2010 7:25 AM

  23. DY Lee said,

    Thanks! this is what I am looking for.

    on 4/05/2010 7:08 PM

  24. Chris said,

    Thanks! Worked like a charm :)

    on 5/26/2010 12:20 AM

  25. Anonymous said,

    Thank you! You made my life so much more simple!

    on 6/24/2010 5:34 PM

  26. vapcguy said,

    What would be the problem if you can view the movie from a hosted web site, but when you download it to that same workstation where you could view it on the web, and then try & use this player to play it, it can't play the .swf file? Also on this PC, IE won't play the .swf file, either, but will play it when the address is directly to the web-based file. Downloading the .swf to a web server, creating a virtual directory, and going to it from the PC in IE also doesn't work - only place it will run from is this other web server. Play, skip, bar all appear, just the movie area doesn't show the movie...

    on 9/03/2010 11:06 PM

  27. Anonymous said,

    thanks for a great tip......it was indeed very helpful

    on 5/31/2011 9:01 PM

  28. Anonymous said,

    Even in Italy your is the best
    answer to the .swf topic.
    Thank you!

    on 6/07/2012 11:39 PM