OVF, Open Virtualization File (.ovf)

The OVF Data file format

OVF files contain information certain programs need in order to run a program in a virtual machine. Many virtualization applications use OVF files since it is open and can thus be used by many platforms, not just those provided by VMware, the developers of the OFV file format.

Technical details of OVF files

Technically, OVF files are merely text files containing different information needed to package and distribute software for virtual machines. The file is formatted using a standard of the same name; OVF.

More information about the OVF file format

File extension .ovf
File category Data
Associated programs Oracle VM Virtualbox (Windows, Mac & Linux)
VMware Fusion (Mac)
VMware OVF Tool (Windows, Mac & Linux)
VMware Workstation (Windows & Linux)
Useful links More on OVF files
Developer VMware