You can export a virtual machine, virtual appliance, or vApp to OVF format to make it available to other users to import into their inventory.


Select the virtual machine or vApp and select File > Export > Export OVF Template.


In the Export OVF Template dialog, perform the following steps:


Type the Name of the template.

For example, type MyVm


When exporting an OVF template with a name that contain asterisk (*) characters, those characters turn into underscore characters (_).


Enter the Directory location where the exported virtual machine template is saved, or click “...” to browse for the location.

For example, C:\OvfLib\.


In the Optimized for field, determine how you want to store the files.

Select Web (OVF) to store the OVF template as a set of files (.ovf, .vmdk, and .mf) This format is optimal if you plan to publish the OVF files on a web server or image library. The package can be imported, for example, into the vSphere client by publishing the URL to the .ovf file.

Select Physical Media (OVA) to package the OVF template into a single .ova file. This might be convenient to distribute the OVF package as a single file if it needs to be explicitly downloaded from a web site or moved around using a USB key.


(Optional) To create a new folder for the OVF file, select the Create folder for OVF template checkbox.

For example, the following files might be created:





(Optional) In Description, type a description for the virtual machine.

By default, the text from the Notes pane on the virtual machine’s Summary tab appears in this text box.

The download process is shown in the Export window.