What is a .OVF File And How To Open It – VMware (Easy Guide)

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Introduction

While downloading files, you might have downloaded a file with the .ovf extension. It is possible that you know what the file does, but you are unsure on how to open it. Thanks to this easy guide you will be able to find out what .ovf file extension is, how to open it and how to work with it.

What is a .OVF file?

The .OVF file extension is Open Virtualization File. This file extension was developed by VMware. The format of this file is binary, and it is a data related file.

What to know

There is currently 1 software that can open the .ovf file on 3 platforms.

How to open a .OVF file?

Below you can find an easy to understand, step-by-step guide to open the .OVF file on your operating system/device.

How to open a .OVF file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

We have written below an easy-to-understand guide on how to open the .ovf file on Windows in 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the Oracle VM VirtualBox software. This software will be used for opening the file. You can also use Oracle VM VirtualBox software.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .OVF file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the Oracle VM VirtualBox software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .OVF file on Mac

To open the .ovf file on Mac, please follow these 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the Oracle VM VirtualBox software. This software will be used for opening the file. You can also use Oracle VM VirtualBox software.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .OVF file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the Oracle VM VirtualBox software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .OVF file on Linux

The .ovf file can be opened in 4 steps on Linux.

1. In the first step you need to download the Oracle VM VirtualBox software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. You can also use Oracle VM VirtualBox software.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .OVF file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Hover over the “Open with” button

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Open the file choosing the software

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the Oracle VM VirtualBox software you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Linux.

Still cannot open the .OVF file?

If you cannot open the .OVF file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .OVF file.ovh – MR Software, .ovl – Atari, .ovolog – ooVoo, .ovp – The Overlay Maker, .ovpn – OpenVPN Technologies. You might be trying to open one of them. Please recheck the file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .OVF file with the Oracle VM VirtualBox program on Windows, Oracle VM VirtualBox program on Mac and Oracle VM VirtualBox software on Linux.