OVF File Extension

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Open Virtualization Format
  • Developer
    VMware
  • Popularity
    3.3 (9 votes)

What is OVF file?

OVF is a format designed for compression and distribution of software for virtual machines. OVF files are text files which enable to describe properties of a virtual machine. OVF package includes basic information: name of a virtual machine, processor, mass storage, network, and memory settings, and other parameters of a virtual machine. Besides that, it is possible to add some non standard elements such as comments, start-up parameters, minimal requirements and other functions.

Universality of specification of OVF format

OFV files do not depend on specific hypervisor or processor architecture, they are neutral regarding platform. Because of introducing this specification, certain standards in virtual machines presentation are widely applied.

Advantages of OVF files

OVF files enable flexible, safe and efficient distribution of software for entrepreneurs while maintaining mobility of virtual machines across multiple platforms. As the result, clients and providers can easily introduce a virtual machine based on the OVF standard for any virtualisation platform. OVF files make it easy to configure a virtual machine.

Conversion of a OVF file

When you install one of the applications from the list of programs that you found here, you should be able to open or edit the file with the OVF extension without any issue. However, if you still have problems with this, you may use the option of OVF file conversion to a different format.

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

We hope we helped you solve the problem with the OVF file. If you do not know where you can download the application from our list, click on the link (which is the name of the program) - you will find more information there on the location where to download the secure setup version of the required application.

What else may cause problems?

There can be more reasons which determine that you are not able to open the OVF file (apart from the lack of the proper application installed).

First - the OVF file may be incorrectly associated with the application installed to support it. In this case, you need to change this association by yourself. To do this, right-click on the OVF file that you want to edit, click "Open with" and then select the program from the list that you have installed. After this operation, the problems with opening the OVF file should be solved.

Second - the file you want to open can simply be damaged. Then, the best solution is to find a new version of given file, or download it again from the same source as before (maybe for some reason in the previous session the download of the OVF file has not been completed and it cannot be opened properly).

Do you want to help?

If you have additional information about the OVF file, we will be grateful if you share it with our users. To do this, use the form here and send us your information on OVF file.

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