You can import an Open Virtualization Format (OVF) virtual machine and run it in VMware Fusion. You can import both .ovf and .ova files.

VMware Fusion converts the virtual machine from OVF format to VMware runtime (.vmx) format.

OVF is a platform-independent, efficient, extensible, and open packaging and distribution format for virtual machines. For example, you can import OVF virtual machines exported from VMware Workstation™ into Fusion. You can import OVF 1.0 and later files only.

You can also use the standalone OVF Tool to convert an OVF virtual machine to VMware runtime format. For information about using the OVF Tool, see the OVF Tool User Guide on the VMware Web site.

Download or copy the OVF virtual machine file (.ovf or .ova file) to a location that is accessible to your Mac.


From the VMware Fusion menu bar, select File > Import.

The Import Library window appears, along with a dialog box for browsing to the location of OVF file.


Browse to the .ovf or .ova file and click Open.


Type the name for the imported virtual machine in the Save As text box and indicate where to save it.

The default destination is the Virtual Machines folder created by VMware Fusion.

VMware Fusion displays the disk space needed for the import, and the space available on the current disk.


Click Import.

Fusion performs OVF specification conformance and virtual hardware compliance checks. A status bar indicates the progress of the import process.

After the import is complete, the virtual machine appears in the virtual machine library and in a separate virtual machine window. The virtual machine is shut down.