PVM File - opening and understanding

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

What is a PVM file?

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

The PVM file extension is also used by Hewlett-Packard's Image Zone software product. These PVM files are image files that store photographs and other information about the images that the file contains. The files are XML formatted and are usually created when a user imports image files from a CD or digital device for viewing on an HP computer.

How to open PVM 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 PVM for different purposes.

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

Suggest another file format using extension PVM

While we know of one file format using the .PVM 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 .PVM file.

Various viewers for this file format

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
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with PVM-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 PVM-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!