What is SWP? What Opens a SWP? File Format List from WhatIs.com

File Extension

SWP File Format

Swap file

SWP is a file extension for a swap file used by various operating systems. SWP stands for SWaP file. SWP files are located on a computer’s hard drive, used by the virtual memory component of the computer to increase available memory. SWP files contain any data that has been “swapped” from the computer’s memory to the hard drive. SWP files are also referred to as “Paging” files as they store “Pages” of the computer’s memory. 


Learn more about .SWP files:

Dale McAtee offers a tip on best swap file locations.

Learn about Swap Space at ITKnowledgeExchange.com.

Paul McFedries explains Windows 7 virtual memory optimization.

Visit Paging at Wikipedia.

This was last updated in September 2010
Editorial Director Margaret Rouse

Ask a Question. Find an Answer.Powered by ITKnowledgeExchange.com

Ask An IT Question

Get answers from your peers on your most technical challenges

Ask Question

Tech TalkComment

What made you want to look up SWP Swap file? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).



    Contribute to the conversation

    All fields are required. Comments will appear at the bottom of the article.