Files with ova file extension can be usually encountered as virtual disk images saved in Open Virtual Machine format. Supported in almost every virtualization software.

There is one other file type using
the OVA file extension!

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OVA file extension - Open Virtual Machine Format single archive

What is ova file? How to open ova files?

The ova file extension is associated with Open Virtual Machine Format.

Compared to the OVF file format, OVA format contains all virtual machine files and ovf files compressed into one single ova archive file instead of many files in a folder. The file is basically a TAR archive.

For more information check the ovf file extension.

Updated: March 12, 2021

The default software associated to open ova file:

VMware Workstation icon

VMware, Inc. logoVMware Workstation  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
VMware, Inc.

VMware Workstation is popular application used to create virtual computer machines in one desktop or laptop computer. It supports virtualization of many computer operating systems, such as Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, MS-DOS, FreeBSD etc.

VMware Workstation can convert an existing physical computer into VMware virtual machine. Each virtual machine represents a complete computer, including processor, memory, network connections etc. VMware Workstation is distributed for Microsoft Windows and Linux.

VirtualBox icon

Oracle Corporation logoVirtualBox  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
Oracle Corporation

VirtualBox is popular open-source multi-platform free x86 virtualization software package. VirtualBox supports virtualization of many operating systems, such as Microsoft Windows, Linux, Mac, Solaris, OpenBSD etc.

VirtualBox has own specific virtual container format called Virtual Disk Image (VDI), where it stores virtual machine. VirtualBox also supports containers from other applications, such as WMvare and Microsoft Virtual PC.

The most popular file extensions used by Virtual Box are OVA, OVF and VDI.

Help how to open:

You can open the *.ova files in VMware Workstation, or VirtualBox to open *.ova Open Virtual Machine Format files.

How to convert:

VirtualBox and other virtualization tools are usually capable of transformation of OVA archives to some alternative format.

Find conversions from ova file:

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List of software applications associated to the .ova file extension

Recommended software programs are sorted by OS platform (Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android etc.)
and possible program actions that can be done with the file: like open ova file, edit ova file, convert ova file, view ova file, play ova file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in's database).

Click on the tab below to simply browse between the application actions, to quickly get a list of recommended software, which is able to perform the specified software action, such as opening, editing or converting ova files.

Software that open ova file - Open Virtual Machine Format single archive

Programs supporting the exension ova on the main platforms Windows, Mac, Linux or mobile. Click on the link to get more information about listed programs for open ova file action.

Microsoft Windows:

Main software associated with ova file by default:
VMware Workstation small icon VMware Workstation
VirtualBox small icon VirtualBox
Other suggested software:
VMware Player small icon VMware Player

Apple macOS / Mac OS X:

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