What is a .VMDK File And How To Open It – VMware

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Have you came across a file with the .vmdk extension, but it is a file you have never seen before? You most likely know what the file is, but you might be unsure on how to open it. In this article we will explain what .vmdk file extension is, how to open it and how to work with it.

What is a .VMDK file?

The file extension .VMDK stands for Virtual Machine Disk File. The development of this file was done by VMware. The file is a disk image file.

What to know

There are currently 3 software that can open the .vmdk file on 1 platform.

How to open a .VMDK file?

Below we have written a comprehensive guide on how to open the .VMDK file on various operating systems.

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

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

1. The first step is to download the Aryson VMDK Recovery software. This software will be used for opening the file. The other software that you can use is WinMount International WinMount, Gilles Vollant WinImage and Aryson VMDK Recovery.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .VMDK file

2. The second step is locating 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: 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. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the Aryson VMDK Recovery software you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Windows.

Still cannot open the .VMDK file?

If you cannot open the .VMDK file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. The .VMDK file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .vmdk-converttmp – VMWare, .vmdl – Valve, .vmf – Valve, .vmf_autosave – Valve, .vmg – Nokia. You might be trying to open one of them. Please recheck the file extension again.


In this article you have learned how to open the .VMDK file with the Aryson VMDK Recovery, WinMount International WinMount, Gilles Vollant WinImage programs on Windows.