How to Open OVF file on VMWare Workstation 12.5

open ovf on vmware workstation

Many software appliances are distributed in .OVF format. OVF (Open Virtualization Format) is a open standard for packaging and distributing Virtual Appliance. On this tutorial, we will show you how to open OVF file on VMWare Workstation 12.5. It’s pretty easy to open OVF on VMWare since VMWare supports this file type natively. We do not need OVF converter or such a thing. 

You may think that we need to convert OVF to VMWare format in order to be able opening the OVF file. But, the new VMware is natively support OVF file. In VirtualBox, you can use the Import Appliance menu under File. Please proceed to start reading complete tutorial


Make sure you have the following in hands:

  • VMWare Workstation 12.5 or later (previous version also welcome)
  • OVF file. In this example, I got a PostgreSQL virtual appliance. You can use any of OVF file. 

Steps to open OVF file on VMWare Workstation

Step 1. Open VMWare Workstation

Step 2. Open OVF File

Go to File | Open and then change file type to Open Virtual Machine Format and then select your .ovf file and press OK. VMWare will start converting the file into VMWare format. In few minutes, your new Virtual Machine should be converted to VMWare and you can power ON your VM in VMWare. 

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