Opening OVA files

Did your computer fail to open an OVA file? We explain what OVA files are and recommend software that we know can open or convert your OVA files.

What is an OVA file?

The .ova file extension is used to identify files that are designated as Open Virtualization Archive. OVA is a tar archive form of .ovf. An OVA file is composed of compressed OVF files. Essentially, .ova contains OVF files. OVA makes it possible to transfer OVFs in different medium storage and electronic mails

OVF or the open virtualization format is a package of various files in a single directory. Commonly, it includes description files (standard .ovf), manifest files (.mf), and machine state files (.vhd, .vmdk). Moreover, OVF is an open source standard for packaging and distributing software applications utilized in virtual machines.

OVA files are classified as data files. They store information regarding the virtual machine, which are not meant to be executed as raw software. VM Softwares like VMware Workstation 12, Oracle VM Virtualbox, VMware vCenter Converter and VMware OVF Tool are some of the tools that you can utilize for extracting and executing .ova files.

Try a universal file viewer

In addition to the products listed above, I would suggest that you try a universal file viewer like Free File Viewer. It can open over 200 different types of files - and very likely yours too! Download Free File Viewer.

By Prof. Jones (The File Expert)

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