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.ovf File Extension

Developer: VMWare
File type: Open Virtualization File
You're here because you have a file that has a file extension ending in .ovf. Files with the file extension .ovf can only be launched by certain applications. It's possible that .ovf files are data files rather than documents or media, which means they're not meant to be viewed at all.

what is a .ovf file?

The .ovf file extension is a very essential file extension because it is used as an Open Virtualization File. The .ovf files are text files and they contain descriptions regarding software’s distribution and packaging, specifically software running on virtual machines. An Open Virtualization Format is used to format these files. These files are considered essential because they contribute a lot to virtualization of virtual machines. With these .ovf files, tasks such as software distribution, virtual machine mobility facilitation are made more efficient, more flexible and a lot more secured. In other words, there is an enhanced virtualization experience with the use of this file extension. The .ovf file extension makes the distribution of virtual machines more optimized; it contributes a lot to providing users a user-friendly experience with the machine; it makes virtual machine configuration convenient; as well as it goes hand in hand with the advancement in technology, meaning it will always be useful even when virtual appliance technology advances.

how to open a .ovf file?

Launch a .ovf file, or any other file on your PC, by double-clicking it. If your file associations are set up correctly, the application that's meant to open your .ovf file will open it. It's possible you may need to download or purchase the correct application. It's also possible that you have the correct application on your PC, but .ovf files aren't yet associated with it. In this case, when you try to open a .ovf file, you can tell Windows which application is the correct one for that file. From then on, opening a  .ovf file will open the correct application. Click here to fix .ovf file association errors

applications that open a .ovf file

Oracle VM VirtualBox

Oracle VM VirtualBox

The Oracle VM VirtualBox software is powerful virtualization software originally developed by Innotek but currently developed by Oracle Corporation. This is a cross-platform software which means that it can run on Windows, MAC, Linux and other operating systems wherein it includes features such as 64-bit guests, snapshots, clipboards, special drivers, public API, raw hard disk access, support for Microsoft VHD, SMP support, 2D video acceleration and a lot more. It also provides modularity for users so that controlling it from various interfaces can be done easily. It also features an XML virtual machine descriptions and this allows all virtual machine settings to be stored in XML rather than being dependent on local machines. This makes it easy for porting virtual machine definitions to other computers. The Oracle VM VirtualBox also features virtual USB controllers. This is the feature that allows users to connect USB devices to virtual machines without installing device specific drivers. While the shared folders feature of this machine makes data exchange between guests and hosts easier.
VMware Player

VMware Player

VMware Player is a virtualization-software package that operates its own virtual machines as well as other existing virtual devices. However, it requires specific operating systems for this software to work. Features of this product are similar as VMware Workstation, which include virtualization core. It is compatible with Windows 7, Windows XP and Windows Vista with quicker and more effective performance, more reliable graphics and updated integration. This is used for both personal and commercial use. Later versions of Player have the function to copy a virtual machine through the copy of a directory, and that copy can be stored or reverted. Although there are some tools from Workstation that are not included on the Player, this program supplied with Workstation distribution, for installations in case a user does not have the license to use a full version of VMware Workstation. In addition, there is a distribution of a virtual machine developed by Workstation installed on computers once this Player is downloaded on the same devices.

a word of warning

Be careful not to rename the extension on .ovf files, or any other files. This will not change the file type. Only special conversion software can change a file from one file type to another.

what is a file extension?

A file extension is the set of three or four characters at the end of a filename; in this case, .ovf. File extensions tell you what type of file it is, and tell Windows what programs can open it. Windows often associates a default program to each file extension, so that when you double-click the file, the program launches automatically. When that program is no longer on your PC, you can sometimes get an error when you try to open the associated file.
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