Converting OVF files to VMX for use with VMware Converter

The VMware OVF Tool converts an OVF VM image into VMX format, so the VM image can be used with VMware Converter.


  • You don’t need this tool if you’re importing images directly from a VMware hypervisor, such as ESXi, VMware Workstation, or VMware Fusion into Skytap; OVF Tool is a supplemental tool that supports VMware Converter.
  • Some VirtualBox OVA files are incompatible with VMware products. For more information, see

Downloading and installing the OVF Tool

The VMware OVF Tool (and OVF Tool User Guide) can be downloaded for free from:

Install this utility on the local machine where the VM images reside. Create separate directories for the original and converted VM images. The following is an example of these steps on a Windows machine:

  1. Download OVF Tool and install it to the following location:

     c:\Program Files\VMware\VMware OVF Tool\
  2. Create a directory for the image that you want to convert:

  3. Create a separate directory where the tool can put the converted VMX image:


Converting the OVF file to VMX

To convert the OVF file to VMX
  1. Open a command prompt.
  2. Navigate to where OVF Tool is installed:

     cd "c:\Program Files\VMware\VMware OVF Tool"
  3. Run the OVF Tool:

     ovftool e:\myvirtualmachines\original\myimage.ovf e:\myvirtualmachines\converted\myimage.vmx

    The first section of the command includes the name and location of the source OVF file. The second section determines where the VMX file will be created.

    To see all of the help options for the OVF Tool, type ovftool --help.

    If the OVF converter tool reports an error similar to the following:

    Error: OVF Package isn't supported by target:
    Line 41: Unsupported hardware family 'virtualbox-2.2'.

    try adding the --lax flag. For example,

    ovftool --lax e:\myvirtualmachines\original\myimage.ovf e:\myvirtualmachines\converted\myimage.vmx