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OVA File Extension

Open Virtual Appliance
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    VMware
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    3.7 (21 votes)

What is OVA file?

The OVA format is used to store data packages concerning a virtual machine. Specifically, OVE files are actually compressed OVF files, along with supporting files (.MF,.VHD, .VMDK) in form of a TAR archive.

Data contained within OVA files describing a virtual machine cannot be run as an unprocessed software. Therefore, they must be extracted and processed with specialised applications designed for purpose of running virtual machines on PCs.

Programs which support OVA file extension

Below you will find an index of software programs that can be used to open OVA files divided into 3 categories according to system platform supported. OVA files can be encountered on all system platforms, including mobile, yet there is no guarantee each will properly support such files.

Programs that support OVA file

Updated: 04/27/2022

How to open file with OVA extension?

Problems with accessing OVA may be due to various reasons. What is important, all common issues related to files with OVA extension can be resolved by the users themselves. The process is quick and doesn’t involve an IT expert. The following is a list of guidelines that will help you identify and solve file-related problems.

Step 1. Get the VMware Workstation

Install software to open OVA file The most common reason for such problems is the lack of proper applications that supports OVA files installed on the system. This issue can be addressed by downloading and installing VMware Workstation or different compatible program, such as VMware vCenter Converter, VirtualBox, VMware Player. Above you will find a complete listing of programs that support OVA files, classified according to system platforms for which they are available. The safest method of downloading VMware Workstation installed is by going to developer’s website (VMware, Inc.) and downloading the software using provided links.

Step 2. Check the version of VMware Workstation and update if needed

Update software that support file extension OVAYou still cannot access OVA files although VMware Workstation is installed on your system? Make sure that the software is up to date. It may also happen that software creators by updating their applications add compatibility with other, newer file formats. This can be one of the causes why OVA files are not compatible with VMware Workstation. The most recent version of VMware Workstation is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.

Step 3. Set the default application to open OVA files to VMware Workstation

After installing VMware Workstation (the most recent version) make sure that it is set as the default application to open OVA files. The process of associating file formats with default application may differ in details depending on platform, but the basic procedure is very similar.

Associate software with OVA file on Windows

Change the default application in Windows

  • Choose the Open with entry from the file menu accessed by right-mouse clicking on the OVA file
  • Select Choose another app → More apps
  • To finalize the process, select Look for another app on this PC entry and using the file explorer select the VMware Workstation installation folder. Confirm by checking Always use this app to open OVA files box and clicking OK button.
Associate software with OVA file on Mac

Change the default application in Mac OS

  • Right-click the OVA file and select Information
  • Open the Open with section by clicking its name
  • Select VMware Workstation and click Change for all...
  • If you followed the previous steps a message should appear: This change will be applied to all files with OVA extension. Next, click the Continue button to finalize the process.

Step 4. Verify that the OVA is not faulty

You closely followed the steps listed in points 1-3, but the problem is still present? You should check whether the file is a proper OVA file. Problems with opening the file may arise due to various reasons.

Check OVA file for viruses
1. Check the OVA file for viruses or malware

Should it happed that the OVA is infected with a virus, this may be that cause that prevents you from accessing it. Immediately scan the file using an antivirus tool or scan the whole system to ensure the whole system is safe. If the OVA file is indeed infected follow the instructions below.

2. Verify that the OVA file’s structure is intact

If you obtained the problematic OVA file from a third party, ask them to supply you with another copy. During the copy process of the file errors may occurred rendering the file incomplete or corrupted. This could be the source of encountered problems with the file. If the OVA file has been downloaded from the internet only partially, try to redownload it.

3. Check if the user that you are logged as has administrative privileges.

There is a possibility that the file in question can only be accessed by users with sufficient system privileges. Log in using an administrative account and see If this solves the problem.

4. Check whether your system can handle VMware Workstation

The operating systems may note enough free resources to run the application that support OVA files. Close all running programs and try opening the OVA file.

5. Check if you have the latest updates to the operating system and drivers

Up-to-date system and drivers not only makes your computer more secure, but also may solve problems with Open Virtual Appliance file. Outdated drivers or software may have caused the inability to use a peripheral device needed to handle OVA files.

Conversion of a OVA file

File Conversions from OVA extension to a different format
File conversions from other format to OVA file
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