I have been sent a number of .swf files as attachments. I wish to view these within Mac OS X. I used to drag them directly into Safari and it would display them. However, after installing Safari 4 I only get a blank white window content when I do this.

How can I view these files on my Mac for free?

  • Similar to @hasseg's answer, I recently got a fresh Mavericks laptop and was able to play .swf files in Chrome 35 from my harddrive with no problem. playerversion.com says I have flash version MAC
    – Patrick M
    Jun 19, 2014 at 15:01
  • FYI, I had the same problem with Safari 8 even with the latest Shockwave Player. My colleague recommended Opera which worked. I am guessing folks who it worked for had a setting or something and have forgot, but who knows. Hope that helps someone.
    – joedragons
    Feb 25, 2015 at 22:21
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    Drag the swf into Chrome. It was the flash player in it by default. Apr 2, 2015 at 17:00

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Update: That link will take you to the free software I was talking about, but just noticed as of July 2010, the company is changing the software name to elmedia player.


I have Safari v.4.0.3 and Flash Player plugin v.10,0,12,36 (Debug player) installed in Mac OS 10.5.8 and opening .swf files in the browser works just fine for me. I don't know if it has anything to do with the fact that I have the debug version of Flash Player, but I suspect it'll work with the standard version as well, like it always has before Safari 4. So try updating your Flash Player and see if it'll work after that.

If you'd like to open .swf files outside of your browser, you can install Adobe's standalone ("projector") Flash Player.

p.s. You can check the version of your Flash Player plugin by going to http://playerversion.com

  • Using the browser or Adobe's own standalone player is really a much safer and no-hassle way to approach this problem. I think this answer deserves to be marked as the right one.
    – Erlend
    Jun 12, 2014 at 7:13

You can use iSwiff. It is a standalone SWF player for Mac.

  • This was free and worked. Not extensively tested, but seems legit and reliable.
    – PatrickT
    Apr 3, 2017 at 23:23

Just Get Perian. It's free and can play just about anything. It has almost every Codex available. Just install and go.


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    This project has been nuked
    – SimplGy
    Jun 1, 2013 at 0:33

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