Export VMWare Player’s Virtual Machines to an OVF file

Need to move your VMWare or import it into VirtualBox?  In order to perform an export, download the ovftool from VMWare.  Install the software and after the installation-

  • Find the path to your VM
  • Open a command prompt (elevated).
  • Type CD\program files\vmware\vmware OVF_Tool
  • Enter
  • type ovftool “C:\the path to your VM\your VMname.vmx”  c:\new directory\name.ovf


Below you will see common syntax errors and the correct syntax at the bottom of the screenshot


ovf export


More information on the OVF Tool.

About TCAT Shelbyville IT Department

The Tennessee College of Applied Technology - is one of 46 institutions in the Tennessee Board of Regents System, the seventh largest system of higher education in the nation. This system comprises six universities, fourteen community colleges, and twenty-six Applied Technology Colleges.
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