SWFTools – Create, Extract and Manipulate SWF Files


All internet user are familiar with Shockwave Flash or SWF files. SWF files are used extensively to show the graphics, animations, menus, games on the web page. SWF files can contains vector graphics, video, sound and text. You need a adobe flash player plugin to view SWF files.

SWF Tools are set of free software tools released under GPL which allows you to modify, extract and create SWF files and they are available for Windows, Linux and Mac OS (that’s the beauty of open source/free software).

SWFTools is collection of following tools:

SWF Creation:

  • SWFC: This is the tool for creating SWF Files, it has support for action script as well.
  • RFXSWF Library: You can use this library with Ming ActionCompiler to create SWF Files.
  • JPEG2SWF: Creates SWF files from set of JPEG files
  • PNG2SWF: Creates SWF files from set of PNG files
  • WAV2SWF: Creates SWF files from a wave file using LAME encoder

SWF Conversion:

  • PDF2SWF: Converts PDF files to SWF animation
  • GIF2SWF: Converts GIF files to SWF files
  • AVI2SWF: Converts AVI files to SWF Files
  • FONT2SWF: Convert Fonts to SWF

SWF Manipulation:

  • SWFCombine: Create a wrapper SWF around set of existing SWFs
  • SWFBBox: Allows to readjust SWF bounding boxes

SWF Information:

  • SWFStrings: Allows you to see text data in SWF file
  • SWFDump: Provide details information of SWF file

SWF Extraction:

  • SWFExtract: Allows you to extract video, sound (wave, mp3), pictures from the SWF file

Pre-compiled binaries are available for windows along with source code, however, you need to compile it from source on other operating systems. Please refer to FAQ Page for detailed information about tools required for compilation and compilation process. Documentation for all the tools is also available on there website.

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8 Responses to SWFTools – Create, Extract and Manipulate SWF Files

  1. chandan says:

    help me t crete .swf files

  2. schizo says:

    and SWF Reader ? http://realswfreader.sourceforge.net/
    It’s great tool to manipulate bytecode

  3. excogitator says:

    @schizo:

    Thanks for the information.

  4. stone says:

    hi, I use iwisoft swf to video converter. good one.

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  6. great site thank you so much

  7. Karin says:

    Oh my goodness! Awesome article dude! Thanks, However I am experiencing problems with
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  8. Mnn says:

    How to extract text from a swf-file? Please.

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