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VMSG File Extension

VMware Application Message Format
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What is VMSG file?

VSMG is a VMWare API support file. VMSG file contains a collection of text files that used by application to display messages through the interface. VMSG files are used to localize interface language version.

What is a virtual machine?

VMware company was founded in 1998 in California. It develops virtualization software, which uses VMSG locale files. Virtual machine is a software tool that virtualizes operating systems or computers by abstracting certain physical components and allows it to be run on different machine or platform (referred to as ‘host’).

What are virtual machines used for?

Virtualization technology allows users to install different OS on a platform whose architecture is not supported by given OS environment. Virtual machines are also used for testing software or research. Virtualization is popular among students and persons who want to learn new skills or a new operating system. VMSG files can make working with new system more comfortable by rendering the interface more user friendly.


Virtualization is a process of simulating an operating system; applications that use VMSG files can utilize virtualization for various purposes using different methods:

  • API emulation,
  • full emulation,
  • virtualization (paravirtualization or full virtualization).

Each solution provides different functionality and virtual machine capabilities.

Programs which support VMSG file extension

Below you will find an index of software programs that can be used to open VMSG files divided into 2 categories according to system platform supported. Files with VMSG extension, just like any other file formats, can be found on any operating system. The files in question may be transferred to other devices, be it mobile or stationary, yet not all systems may be capable of properly handling such files.

Programs that support VMSG file

Updated: 12/15/2021

How to open file with VMSG extension?

Being unable to open files with VMSG extension can be have various origins. Fortunately, most common problems with VMSG files can be solved without in-depth IT knowledge, and most importantly, in a matter of minutes. The following is a list of guidelines that will help you identify and solve file-related problems.

Step 1. Install VMware Workstation software

Install software to open VMSG file Problems with opening and working with VMSG files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with VMSG files being present on your machine. The most obvious solution is to download and install VMware Workstation or one to the listed programs: Windows Notepad. The full list of programs grouped by operating systems can be found above. One of the most risk-free method of downloading software is using links provided by official distributors. Visit VMware Workstation website and download the installer.

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

Update software that support file extension VMSGIf the problems with opening VMSG files still occur even after installing VMware Workstation, it is possible that you have an outdated version of the software. Check the developer’s website whether a newer version of VMware Workstation is available. It may also happen that software creators by updating their applications add compatibility with other, newer file formats. The reason that VMware Workstation cannot handle files with VMSG may be that the software is outdated. All of the file formats that were handled just fine by the previous versions of given program should be also possible to open using VMware Workstation.

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

After installing VMware Workstation (the most recent version) make sure that it is set as the default application to open VMSG files. The next step should pose no problems. The procedure is straightforward and largely system-independent

Associate software with VMSG file on Windows

The procedure to change the default program in Windows

  • Right-click the VMSG file and choose Open with option
  • Next, select the Choose another app option and then using More apps open the list of available applications
  • 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 VMSG files box and clicking OK button.
Associate software with VMSG file on Mac

The procedure to change the default program in Mac OS

  • Right-click the VMSG file and select Information
  • Open the Open with section by clicking its name
  • From the list choose the appropriate program and confirm by clicking Change for all....
  • Finally, a This change will be applied to all files with VMSG extension message should pop-up. Click Continue button in order to confirm your choice.

Step 4. Check the VMSG for errors

Should the problem still occur after following steps 1-3, check if the VMSG file is valid. Problems with opening the file may arise due to various reasons.

Check VMSG file for viruses
1. Verify that the VMSG in question is not infected with a computer virus

If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the VMSG file hinders attempts to open it. Immediately scan the file using an antivirus tool or scan the whole system to ensure the whole system is safe. VMSG file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.

2. Ensure the file with VMSG extension is complete and error-free

Did you receive the VMSG file in question from a different person? Ask him/her to send it one more time. The file might have been copied erroneously and the data lost integrity, which precludes from accessing the file. When downloading the file with VMSG extension from the internet an error may occurred resulting in incomplete file. Try downloading the file again.

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

Sometimes in order to access files user need to have administrative privileges. Switch to an account that has required privileges and try opening the VMware Application Message Format file again.

4. Check whether your system can handle VMware Workstation

If the systems has insufficient resources to open VMSG files, try closing all currently running applications and try again.

5. Ensure that you have the latest drivers and system updates and patches installed

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

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