PVM File Type

- The quick facts

What are PVM files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a PVM 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 a PVM file?

PVM files have multiple uses, and Parallels Virtual Machine is one of them.

Parallels Virtual Machine

PVM stands for Parallels Virtual Machine. The file with the .pvm file extension can be mounted onto a Macintosh as an additional hard drive. This virtual hard drive can be used to run the Windows operating system on a Mac computer, as Parallels is a hardware emulator (hence the name, Virtual Machine).

How to open PVM files

Important: Different programs may use files with the PVM file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your PVM file is, you may need to try a few different programs.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 9 different PVM openers which you will find listed below.

Last updated: June 29, 2022

All known file formats using extension .PVM

While Parallels Virtual Machine is a popular type of PVM-file, we know of 7 different uses of the .PVM extension. Different software may use files with the same extension for different types of data.

OSTA.org MusicPhotoVideo XML Manifest

OSTA, the Optical Storage Technology Association, creates standards e.g. for storing photos on digital cameras.

The PVM manifest file is a standard file that describes a collection of files stored on a device and it is part of the MusicPhotoVideo (MPV) standard.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 9 different PVM openers which you will find listed below.

More file formats using the PVM extension

Through our research of PVM files, we know that the following formats exist. However, we have not yet analyzed them in detail.

  • Differential Data Stream Volume Format
  • PVM Volume Format
  • PVM2 Volume Format
  • PVM3 Volume Format
  • PWK Virtual Machine Module

Various apps that use files with this extension

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

PCV Control CenterPCV Control CenterUser submitted
Picasa Photo ViewerPicasa Photo ViewerUser submitted
QuickTimeQuickTimeUser submitted
Password Vault ManagerPassword Vault ManagerUser submitted
Microsoft Office Document ImagingMicrosoft Office Document ImagingUser submitted
PC MightyMaxPC MightyMaxUser submitted
PowerVTPowerVTUser submitted
PicViewerPicViewerUser submitted
WinPEPWinPEPUser submitted

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