What are OVA files and how to open them
Are you having problems opening an OVA file or just wondering what they contain? We explain what these files are used for and show you software that we know can open or otherwise handle your files.
What is an OVA file?
An .OVA file is an Open Virtualization Format package file.
OVA is a tar archive form of .ovf. An OVA file is composed of compressed OVF files. Essentially, .ova contains OVF files.
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 is not meant to be executed as raw software. VM Software like VMware Workstation, 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
We have identified 4 OVA openers that are compatible with this specific type of OVA file.
Programs that open Open Virtualization Format package files
Last updated: January 20, 2022
Various apps that use files with this extension
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.
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