Export a VMWare Fusion virtual machine

Recently I had to reinstall my Mac. One of the things I wanted to save was my virtual machine. Turns out VMWare Fusion doesn't have any kind of export functionality directly within the application.

What I found though was a command line tool with which you can export your virtual machine as a OVF file:

$ cd /Applications/VMware\ Fusion.app/Contents/Library/VMware\ OVF\ Tool/
$ ./ovftool --acceptAllEulas ~/path/to/your/virtual-drive.vmx ~/path/to/your/destination.ova

The import works with the import menu[1] within VMWare Fusion. This should even work over major version changes (tested it with the switch from version 6 to 7).

  1. Found under File -> Import... ↩︎