Ming is a library for generating Macromedia Flash files (.swf), written in C, and includes useful utilities for working with .swf files.

It has wrappers that allow it to be used in C++, PHP, Python, Ruby, and Perl.

Releases through to 0.3.0 progressed slowly, though the new 0.4.0 release has picked up speed, become more reliable, and supports Win32 much better. Also supports Solaris, and will likely support MacOS X as well.

Recent Ming releases have updated support for PHP. The code can now be built for either PHP4 or PHP5.

Download from the Releases page.


Aug 18th 2013 - Bugzilla retired

The libming bugzilla bug tracker has been retired in favor of the github Isue tracker. (See URL below)

June 08th 2013 - Ming 0.4.5 has been Released!

Read more and download it from the Releases page.

October 26th 2011 - Ming 0.4.4 has been Released!

First release after the move to github.

November 28th 2010 - git repo moved again


September 17th 2010 - source code moved to git

Ming source code was moved to github:


March 23rd 2010 - ttf2fft 1.1 has been Released!

A new version of ttf2fft has been released. It's just the old version, plus patches to make it work with recent FreeType versions, plus now also honour kerning information.

You can download it directly from SourceForge here:


January 6th 2010 - Ming 0.4.3 has been Released!

Ming 0.4.2 was never actually released, but packages were created, released, etc. so this release (0.4.3) is an official release which rectifies the lack of a formal release and includes a number of important fixes made since 0.4.2-RC2.

Please test this release out with your systems, and let us know what still doesn't work for you.

Details of the changes and the download link can be found on the Releases page.

September 17th 2008 - Ming 0.4.2 (0.4 Release Candidate 2) has been Released!

Many issues found during testing of RC1 have been resolved.

Please test this release out with your systems, and let us know what still doesn't work for you.

Details of the changes and the RC2 download can be found on the Releases page.

July 5th 2008 - Ming 0.4.0 Release Candidate 1 has been Released!

There have many many, many improvements since the 0.4.0 beta 5 release.

Please test this release out with your systems, to let us know what does and doesn't work for you.

Details of the changes (long list) and the RC1 download can be found on the Releases page.


Source code: http://github.com/libming/libming

IRC: irc://irc.freenode.net/##swf

BUGS: https://github.com/libming/libming/issues?state=open

Old SF project page (for mailing lists): http://www.sf.net/projects/ming

Old homepage: http://ming.sourceforge.net/index_old.html (we need help to move all contents here!)

Mailing Lists


Interesting Ming starting points

  • Ming FAQ: Frequently asked questions

  • Documentation: current Ming documentation

  • WhatsIncluded: Lists the utilities included with Ming, some of which are extremely useful

  • ImportantConcepts: (in progress) - Important concepts you need to know when starting out with Ming

  • FunctionReference: (in progress) - C Function Reference for public Ming functions

  • InternalFunctions: (just started) - C Function Reference for internal Ming functions

  • PHP Function Reference - Public Ming functions for PHP programmers

  • ValueReference: (in progress) - Value Reference (i.e. allowed values for different types, etc)

  • StructuresToBeAwareOf: (just started) - Describes the main Ming structures and how they relate to each other

  • MingGotchas: (just started) - Unexpected things to watch out for when programming with Ming

  • HowTo: Ming HOW-TO guides (includes Developer resources)

  • PHP Examples - by gazb

  • RecentChanges: see where people are currently working