OVA File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open an OVA file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle 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.

How to open OVA files

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension OVA for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 8 different OVA openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension OVA

While we know of one file format using the .OVA file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .OVA file.

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of OVA files. Remember, different programs may use OVA files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

Oracle VM VirtualBoxOracle VM VirtualBoxUser submitted
VMware WorkstationVMware WorkstationUser submitted
Citrix XenCenterCitrix XenCenterUser submitted
Web StudioWeb StudioUser submitted
Aldec Active-HDLAldec Active-HDLUser submitted
Octava SD4Octava SD4User submitted
Octava SD10Octava SD10User submitted
OCTAVA_LightOCTAVA_LightUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with OVA-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with OVA-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!