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A.4. SWF File Format

Whereas the Flash Player is not open sourced, the .swf file format itself is publicly available (which is one reason it has garnered a lot of third-party support). For further information, here are some resources:

Macromedia Flash Player File Format (SWF)


Here you can obtain the SWF SDK from Macromedia, "a set of tools for developers to write Macromedia Flash 5 (SWF) files, documentation of the Macromedia Flash file format (SWF), and code to write SWF files."



A general information center for developers of SWF implementations. Includes tutorials, message boards, resources, and source code.



Ming is an open source C library for generating SWF format movies plus a set of wrappers for using the library in C++ and popular scripting languages like PHP, Python, and Ruby. See http://www.opensource.org for information on open source software.

Perl :: Flash


A Perl library to allow the "dynamic, programmable generation of Flash/SWF movies." Created by Simon Wistow.

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