The 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!

ovf file icon.ovf - Orbit vector file

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Software that works with ovf file extension

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OVF file extension - Open Virtualization Format Package

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. With the rapid adoption of virtualization, there is a great need for a standard way to package and distribute virtual machines. 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. Key features and benefits of OVF:

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 ovf file type:

VMware Workstation icon

VMware, Inc. logo VMware 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.

Help how to open OVF files:

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

How to convert file with extension OVF:

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 ova

ovf to vhd

ovf to vmdk

Find converter to ovf file type:

ova 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, Mac OS X 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 File-Extensions.org's database).

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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 of the ovf files.

  • Open ovf file
  • Convert ovf file
  • Create ovf file
  • Import ovf file
  • Export ovf file
  • Others ovf file

Software that open ovf file - Open Virtualization Format Package

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
Other suggested software:
VMware vSphere
VMware Player small icon VMware Player
VirtualBox small icon VirtualBox

Apple macOS / Mac OS X:

Linux/Unix:

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