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Q: Convert swf to fla ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Convert swf to fla
Category: Computers > Graphics
Asked by: russellz-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 30 Sep 2004 17:14 PDT
Expires: 30 Oct 2004 17:14 PDT
Question ID: 408635
Is there any way to get the original fla document from just a swf
file?  I know this is like asking if i can get a psd from a jpg, but
you never know...
Subject: Re: Convert swf to fla
Answered By: andyt-ga on 30 Sep 2004 17:41 PDT
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
Hi Russellz,

There are a couple programs I've found that will decompile swf files
into the original fla documents.  I've assumed that you are on
Windows, if this isn't the case post a clarification request and I'll
try to find another alternative.  Both programs listed below offer a
free, limited version and also a full verison that you pay for.

Flash Decompiler
"Flash Decompiler extracts all resources from a SWF file. With an ease
of one click you can store sounds, images, videos, shapes, frames,
morphs, fonts, texts, buttons, sprites and ActionScripts from any SWF
file directly to your hard drive."
download at

Sothink SWF Decompiler
"Sothink SWF Decompiler MX 2005 is the world's leading tool to browse,
view, parse and decompile Shockwave Flash movies (.swf files). It
supports exporting the whole movie in *.fla format. "
download at

Search strategy:
Flash Decompiler
SWF Decompiler

If you have any questions, please post a clarification request before
closing/rating my answer and I'll be happy to reply.


Request for Answer Clarification by russellz-ga on 03 Oct 2004 19:42 PDT
i tried both of those but they only get the individual parts of the flash file.

Clarification of Answer by andyt-ga on 04 Oct 2004 11:15 PDT
Hi Russellz,
You're right the Eltima product only allows you to extract the
resources of the file (you could presumably recreate the fla since the
actionscript, images, etc are available.)

The Sothink product does allow exporting the movie in full fla format,
but not with their trial version.

I found a couple other products through by searching for
swf decompiler that do extracting, but none that do the extracting of
full files that are also free.  I believe they're pretty similiar to
what's already been linked to, but the difference in how it's
presented may aid you in recreating the fla file, I'm not sure.

Actionscript Viewer 3.0

Flash Compiler and Decompiler 0.91

Sorry to be the bringer of bad news, but I don't believe there is a
free product to export swf to a a full .fla file; only a for-pay
product (or free products that export just the resources).  If this
clarification was unclear, or you have any additional questions don't
hesitate to ask.


Request for Answer Clarification by russellz-ga on 04 Oct 2004 19:36 PDT
I just want to be clear before i spend the money to buy the Sothink
software: you are saying that the full version will allow me to
recreate my fla file just from an swf?  in other words, if i do an
export from flash to swf, then delete the original fla file, then run
this program on the swf, i can recreate my fla?  thanks.

Clarification of Answer by andyt-ga on 05 Oct 2004 07:35 PDT
Hi Russellz,
I don't known their software, so it's hard for me to say with absolute
certainty.  That said, Going by the claims on their site (specifically
the sentence " It supports exporting the whole movie in *.fla
format."), posts in external message boards/usenet regarding their
product, and their own forum, I'd say that this is exactly what their
software allows you to do.  Further, if you have problems, the support
staff monitoring their forums seem quick and eager to help people work
through incompatibilities.

I would appreciate if you do buy their software to post how it goes,
just for future reference for myself and other's who might stumble
upon this question.

Best regards,

Clarification of Answer by andyt-ga on 05 Oct 2004 07:36 PDT
First sentence above should be "I don't own their software"...
russellz-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars
Very helpful.

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