VMDK File - opening and understanding

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

What is a VMDK file?

A .VMDK file is a (part of a) VMware 3 Virtual Disk file. Through our analysis of VMDK files, we know that one use of the format is (part of a) VMware 3 Virtual Disk. We have not yet described in detail what these files contain and what they are used for, but our team is working tiredlessly through thousands of file formats. We'd love hearing from you if you have information about the format.

How to open VMDK 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 VMDK for different purposes.

We have not yet verified any programs for Windows that work with this specific file format. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below. Thanks!

Other file formats using extension .VMDK

While (part of a) VMware 3 Virtual Disk is a popular type of VMDK-file, we know of 2 different uses of the .VMDK extension.

The VMDK file extension indicates to your device which app can open the file. However, different apps may use the same file extension for different types of data. So a VMDK opener may not be able to open all kinds of VMDK files. In this case, look through both formats to make sure you find the best suited VMDK viewer.

VMware Virtual Disk

Files that contain the .vmdk file extension are Virtual Machine Disk Files. These files store the contents of a "virtual" hard disk that has been created by the VMware virtual hard drive software. VMWare is used as a "Software PC", allowing you to install e.g. Windows into a virtual PC, storing the operating system and all apps you install in a .VMDK file.

VMWARE is needed to run the operating system that is installed within the VMDK file, but various other tools can extract data from the file.

VMDK opener for Windows 10

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We have not yet verified any programs for Mac that work with this specific file format. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below. Thanks!
We have not yet verified any web services that work with this specific file format. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below. Thanks!