An ovf file extension is related to the Open Virtual Machine file format for storing data used to run virtual machine. It is supported by various virtualization software like VMware Workstation, VirtualBox etc.

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

empty icon.ovf - Orbit vector data

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Software that open ovf file

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OVF file extension - Open Virtualization Format package file

What is ovf file? How to open ovf files?

File type specification:

Virtual machine, virtualization software related file type icon Virtual machine, virtualization software related file type

ovf file icon: ovf filetype icon

The ovf file extension is associated with VMware and used for Open Virtual Machine file format.

VMware and other leaders in the virtualization field have created the Open Virtualization Format (OVF), a platform independent, efficient, extensible, and open packaging and distribution format for virtual machines.

The Open Virtualization Format (OVF) describes an open, secure, portable, efficient, and flexible format for the packaging and distribution of one or more virtual machines.

OVF enables optimized distribution, provides a simple, automated user experience, supports both single and multi virtual machine configurations, enables portable VM packaging, affords vendor and platform independence, supports localization and  offers future extensibility.

The default software associated to open ovf 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:

Use VMware or other virtualization software to open and run virtual machines.

How to convert:

Virutal machine packages like the OVF can be usually exported to other similar formats like OVA, or VMDK.

Find conversions from ovf file:

ovf to dsk

ovf to iso

ovf to ova

ovf to vhd

ovf to vmdk

ovf to vmx

Find converter to ovf file type:

iso to ovf

ova to ovf

pvm to ovf

vbox to ovf

vhd to ovf

vmdk to ovf

vmwarevm to ovf

List of software applications associated to the .ovf 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 ovf file, edit ovf file, convert ovf file, view ovf file, play ovf 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 ovf files.

Software that open ovf file - Open Virtualization Format package file

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

Microsoft Windows:

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

Apple macOS / Mac OS X:

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