.PVM File Extension

.PVM File Extension

File Type 1

Parallels Virtual Machine

Developer Parallels
3.3  |  21 Votes
Category Disk Image Files
Format Binary

What is a PVM file?

A PVM file is a virtual machine created by Parallels Desktop for Mac emulation software. It stores the contents of a hard drive and memory used to load and run Windows (or another supported operating system) on a Macintosh computer.

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Parallels Desktop for Mac is a program that allows Mac users to run Windows, Linux, Android, and additional versions of macOS on their PCs. The files Parallels uses to load and run these additional operating systems are saved as Parallels virtual machines, or PVM files.

Each PVM file is a macOS package that contains all the files Parallels needs to launch an operating system. One of these files is an .HDD file. The HDD file stores the files saved to your virtual machine's hard drive. For example, a Windows virtual machine's HDD file includes all the Windows program files you have installed on that machine.

How to open a PVM file

To open a PVM file as a virtual machine, you must have installed Parallels Desktop for Mac on your Mac. Place your PVM file in the folder you set as the default location for storing virtual machines (Parallels default location is Macintosh HD/​Users/​[username]/​Documents/​Parallels/​). Then, open Parallels, select File → Open, and select your PVM file.

If you want to view a PVM file's contents outside Parallels, you can right-click the file in Finder and select Show Package Contents. With Parallels installed, you can also mount and examine the hard disk a Windows PVM file contains, by right-clicking your PVM file and selecting Open With > Parallels Mounter.

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Programs that open PVM files

Updated October 21, 2021
File Type 2

Photo Video Manifest File

Developer OSTA
3.0  |  6 Votes
Category Text Files
Format XML

What is a PVM file?

Index file used for organizing collections of digital content; developed by the Optical Storage Technology Association (OSTA) as part of the Music/Photo/Video (MPV) standard; formatted in XML.

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PVM files may be generated by various digital media devices such as printers and digital cameras. They can be read by any program that supports PVM format.

Programs that open PVM files

OSTA MPV Reader, Writer, or Player
HP Image Zone
Visual MIBrowser
HP Image Zone
Updated July 4, 2008
File Type 3

HP Photo Album

Developer HP
2.8  |  8 Votes
Category Misc Files
Format N/A

What is a PVM file?

Digital photo album created with HP digital camera software; contains a list of images imported from an HP digital camera; often named "album.pvm" or "index.pvm;" used by HP Image Zone Express, which has been replaced by Photosmart software.

Programs that open PVM files

HP Image Zone Express
Updated September 17, 2007

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