OVF Tool

Find out how to export or import virtual machines using the OVF Tool

Last updated 31/01/2022


OVFTOOL is an export/import tool for VMs using the OVF format (compatible with Windows, Linux and Mac).

This guide offers a step by step study case on how to use this tool.



We will use the OVFTOOL v4.0 under Linux Debian.

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Use the ovftool --help command to see the application help file and ovftool --help examples for examples.

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We will proceed with an export of an .ovf virtual machine in pcc-37-187-228-180.ovh.com called SQL3.

Before the export, shut the VM down using the vftool powerOffSource command as shown below.

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In the vCenter recent tasks, you can see the VM being shut.

We can now export the VM. Type in the following command:

ovftool vi://user:password@Dedicatedcloud/datacentre/vm/vmname /destination

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Export happens and is successful.

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To convert an .OVF file into a .VMX one, use the ovftool -tt=vmx file.ovf /destination/ command.

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To import the VM in your infrastructure, you need to indicate the destination datastore ovftool -ds=datastore file.ovf

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The virtual machine is now deployed in your environment.

Finally, migrating SQL3 to a new Hosted Private Cloud (transfer does not require a third party machine).

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