Manually installing Flash2Svg

Before trying this I would recommend trying to install using the ZXP Installer tool, this will give you access to the HTML5-based User Interface, but will still require manual updates.

If you’re having trouble installing Flash2Svg in Flash, here are some instructions to manually install the plugin.
This works in all versions (CS5 – CC 2017, as of writing) but will only give you the older, flash-based UI, not the newer HTML5-based UI.
Also note, the last version of the plugin that is compatible with CS5/CS6 is version 3.36.
This means some of the functionality won’t be there (e.g. embedding assets) but all of the most recent bug fixes will be available.

  • Download the latest ZXP
  • Change the file name of the extension from ZXP to ZIP
  • Extract the contents of the zip archive
  • Copy the SVG.swf and svg-help.xml files from the FLASH folder into this folder:
    C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Adobe\Flash CS5\en_US\Configuration\WindowSWF
  • Copy the Extensible folder (also from the FLASH folder) and copy the whole folder into this folder:
    C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Adobe\Flash CS5\en_US\Configuration\Javascript

Obviously change the version of flash in those paths to the correct one (e.g. ‘Flash CC 2015’).

Mac is very similar, something like:
/Users/{username}/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Flash CS5/…

On both systems you’ll probably have to show hidden folders to get there.


  1. Hi Tom,
    i tried to install the plugin via adobe exchange it didn’t work, so i tried to install it with AdobeZXPInstaller for mac it didim’t work either.
    “…extension not compatible with installed applications”.

    I have Adobe animate CC 2021 by the way which is available since few days.

    Will you make an update for CC 2021 compatibility ?

    Best regards

    • Hi Frédéric,
      I’m no longer supporting this plugin, sorry.
      It is open source though, so feel free get it fixed and I will make a new release with your fixes.

    • hi – it is working with 2021 if you do it manually.

  2. Hi Tom,
    I am using adobe cc 2019, have try the instruction above to install. Yet when i click export its show
    “A JavaScript error occurred.
    A JavaScript error occurred.
    ReferenceError: extensible is not defined”
    What should i do to resolve these and get it work? Thanks.

  3. Hi Tom,
    please can you tell me in which folder I can get the file svg?

    • You can set the output folder path , by default it will be exported into the same directory as your FLA file.

      Also, it should write the full path of the exported file in the output panel.

  4. Hey Tom,

    I followed your instructions for manually installing “Flash2Svg”. Sadly I got the message “TypeError: svgXml.defs[0] is undefined” when I try to export the SVG. Maybe it’s because of the new version, maybe i’m just stupid.

    Thanks for your great efford.

    • This would suggest that the native SVG export failed (this generates the static shapes for use in the animated SVG).

      This typically happens when the version of Animate is wrong, if you’re using the latest version of Animate then maybe they’ve removed this functionality.

      Sorry, I’m not really supporting this plugin any longer.

  5. Hello Tom, the plugin was working flawlessly until 1 month ago, but when I updated to Animate CC Version 19.0 (Build 326) it doesn’t work well anymore.

    It only exports 1 layer of the timeline and it’s not even aligned.
    I tried to play with all the setting but didn’t manage to solve anything, so probably it’s a problem of compatibility.

    Can you have a look at it? I would really appreciate it!

    Thanks for the hard work!

  6. I have create an animation in flash cs6 and then export to SVG. Its working perfectly fine! however it’s not scalable ( responsive). Need help!

  7. hi,thanks for your job,it’s works well in CS6(V 3.36),but it prints a warning:
    WARNING: Blend mode ‘add’ is not currently supported

    i’m looking for a way that can transfer my flash game project to html project,maybe flash2svg can do something, have you got any idea?

    • Hi,
      Flash2Svg is really only suitable for non-interactive animations.
      For games, I’d recommend you look into the Canvas or WebGL publishing that is possible in Adobe Animate. You’d just have to port your code to JS.

  8. does it work on flash8

  9. I am getting this error while exporting “Error: The function clipCopy() is currently unavailable.”

    Can u give any solution. i am using adobe animate cc 2018

  10. Is there a link to Flash2SVG 3.36? I can’t seem to find it…. 🙁

  11. Hi,

    Your extension looks interesting, but I had to do a manual install, the extension window opens and I can try to convert (a simple fla with one drawing on he first frame) but I always get this error: “TypeError: svgXml.defs[0] has no properties”.

    Do you have any idea what is going wrong and how to fix it?
    I’m using Flash CS6 by the way.

    • tom

      May 7, 2017 at 3:59 pm

      Hi Jeroen,
      The last version of the plugin that is compatible with CS6 is v3.36.
      Hope that helps.

  12. I use adobe animate cc 2015.02 and manually instal it and get this message all the time from then in output
    A JavaScript error occurred.
    ReferenceError: extensible is not defined
    how to fix it and really need your plug in

    • This typically means that the last step (copying the ‘Extensible’ folder) was done incorrectly, probably it was placed in the wrong folder (The Extensible folder should be inside the Javascript folder).

      Also, you can try the ZXP Installer, which will install should give you access to the HTML-based User Interface, which is a bit nicer.

  13. Hi Tom, Sorry, I wrote “Nicolas” before.
    Well I did it manually and the installation (V 3.36) looked to be completed. Then I restarted my computer.
    Now, how can I use the add on? From my Flash (CS6) menu, I can’t find any svg publish option.

    • Hi, You should be able to find the panel in Window > Other Panels > SVG (in CS5 & CS6).

    • Hi, I think your site might be having browser colaitibimpty issues. When I look at your blog in Opera, it looks fine but when opening in Internet Explorer, it has some overlapping. I just wanted to give you a quick heads up! Other then that, great blog!

  14. Nicolas Muñoz

    May 28, 2016 at 3:15 am

    I did every steps, but I can’t find the “WindowSWF” and “Javascript” folders in Mac.

    If you can help me I would appreciate it.

  15. Your add-on its amazing! With the Eric Willigers polyfill, it’s going to be a game changer!
    I know Viber stopped supporting the project, but do you plan to update it to an html-based-ui in the near future anyway? Please do!

    P.S. I talked about your add on on my blog:

    • Viber hasn’t stopped supporting development.
      Also, we added an HTML based UI over a year ago.
      The flash-based UI is now only used for CS5 – CS6 and manual installs in CC.

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