How to play .swf, .unity3d, .dcr files?

Last Updated: July 03, 2015

1 - How to Play a SWF (Adobe Flash Player) File?

Adobe® Flash® Player is a lightweight browser plug-in and rich Internet application runtime that delivers consistent and engaging user experiences, stunning audio/video playback, and exciting gameplay.

Installed on more than 1.3 billion systems, Flash Player is the standard for delivering high-impact, rich Web content.

SWF stands for Small Web Format which is an Adobe Flash File Format used for multimedia, vector graphics like interactive animations and games. It is derived from Shockwave Flash. SWF files can only be played in a flash compatible web browser. A SWF file has a .swf extension. Flash games are very popular as they can be directly played in the web browser. But android doesn't have a direct support to play swf files. But in this tutorial I am going to teach you how you can do this.

  • On Web browser

    1. Check if Flash Player is installed on your computer
    2. Download the latest version of Flash Player
      If you don't have the latest version, download it here: Adobe Flash Player download
    3. Install Flash Player
      After you download Flash Player, follow the installation instructions that appear on the download page.
    4. Enable Flash Player in your browser
    5. Verify whether Flash Player is installed
  • On Android Device

    • What's your Android version? I'll assume you're using 4.1 or newer.
    • The .swf extension is used by files played by Adobe Flash Player. Unfortunately, Flash is not supported on Android since 4.1.
    • You can try installing the Flash Player APK. The latest version is for 4.0/ICS, but some people say it works on 4.1+/JB as well.
    • Additionally, Chrome for Android never supported Flash - even with the APK installed.
    • So you'll need to use a different browser:
  • On iOS (iPhone or iPad)

    If you want to view Flash-based websites, play Flash games or watch Flash videos on your iPad, you'll come across a bit of a problem: the iPad doesn't support Flash. However, that doesn't mean you can't get Flash on your iPad at all. There are various apps available to download from the iOS App Store for iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad Air, iPad mini and iPad mini 2 that will help. Some of these apps are also available for iPhone, so you can play Flash games or videos on your iPhone, too.

    Popular browser apps that will enable you to play Flash videos and games on your iPad include Photon Browser, Puffin, Skyfire Browser and iSwifter Browser.

    Why doesn't the iPhone/iPad support Flash?

    • Apple's late co-founder Steve Jobs famously bashed Flash for mobile, and refused to allow the technology on the iOS platform. Instead, Jobs fought for the alternative HTML5 standard, which is beginning to replace Flash around the web.
    • In August 2012, Adobe disabled new installs of Flash via the Google Play Store, marking the end of Adobe Flash on Android devices too.

2 - How to Play a DCR (Adobe Shockwave Player) File?

DCR is the file extension used by animated movies created by Adobe Director, formerly known as Macromedia Director. The extension is one type of flash file that can be played in the Adobe Shockwave player. Files written in the DCR extension can be opened and played in the shockwave player, with or without an Internet connection, as long as both the DCR file and the media player are both installed on the computer's local hard drive. It's very easy to install and use DCR files, even with basic computer knowledge.

Over 450 million Internet-enabled desktops have Adobe Shockwave Player installed. These users have access to some of the best content the Web has to offer - including dazzling 3D games and entertainment, interactive product demonstrations, and online learning applications. Shockwave Player displays Web content that has been created using Adobe Director.


  • Navigate to By clicking the "Download now" button, you acknowledge that you have read and agree to the Adobe Software Licensing Agreement.
  • Click to install Shockwave to play Flash and DCR files.
  • ReOpen your web browser and Enjoy!

What's new?

  • Stereoscopy - Shockwave Player personifies content by supporting Anaglyph Stereoscopy.
  • New sensational Post-processing effects - Shockwave Player adds character to content with support for filer effects such as Convolution filter, Adjust Color filter, Depth of Field, Bloom Effect, Night Vision etc.
  • Exciting new textures and shaders - Shockwave Player makes viewing content a visual treat by supporting textures and shaders such as PerlinNoise Texture, CubeMap Render Texture and shaders, such as Fresnel Shader.

3 - How to Play a Unity3d (UNITY WEB PLAYER) File?

The Unity Web Player enables you to view blazing 3D content created with Unity directly in your browser, and autoupdates as necessary.

Unity allows you to build rich 3D games with animated characters, sizzling graphics, immersive physics. Then you can deliver the games to the web or as standalone players.

Note, the playback runtime version used may not match the plugin version and may alter depending on the content played.


    • Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera
    • Requirements: Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10
    • Download

    • Safari, Firefox, Chrome
    • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.6 or newer
    • Download

Chrome decided to stop Unity support from version 42 onwards. Use Firefox, Safari, or a different browser to continue playing Bike Rivals and other Unity games. Alternatively, you can enable NPAPI plugins at chrome://flags/#enable-npapi (note that this requires a browser relaunch). (If you have already installed the Unity Web Player before, please ignore the install button)
After the release of Chrome version 45, you’ll need to use an alternate web browser to load content that requires a NPAPI plugin.


Update Dec. 4 2012: The unsupported 64-bit Windows web player is not currently in working state in Unity 4.0.

While we have been developing Unity 3.4, we have ported the Unity runtime to the x86_64 architecture on Windows. You may have noticed that the Unity 3.4 editor allows “Windows 64-bit” as a new build option in the Standalone build. We have also ported the Unity Web Player to Windows 64-bit. This allows you to play Unity content in Microsoft Internet Explorer 64-bit or in 64-bit builds of Mozilla Firefox. Any Unity web content built with Unity 3.x should play in the 64-bit plugin. Content built with Unity 2.x will not work, as the 2.x runtime has not been ported to x86_64!

Since 64-bit browsers are not yet very widespread on Windows, the 64-bit web plugin has received limited testing coverage during our 3.4 beta. For that reason, we have decided to make this plugin available on an experimental basis for anyone who wishes to test or run Unity content in a 64-bit Windows browser. It is not yet available on our our main Web Player download page and the default JavaScript we supply for embedding Unity content will not link to it, so you have to manually download the installer. If 64-bit browsers become more common on Windows in the future, we will change this and release it as a fully supported product.

Without further ado, here it is!

Even though this is an unsupported product, please use the bug reporter which comes with Unity to report any issues you might have with the plugin!


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