.PVMP File Extension

Parallels Packed Virtual Machine

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What is a PVMP file?

A PVMP file is a Parallels Virtual Machine (.PVM file) a user has "packed" with Parallels Desktop emulation software to transfer it to another computer. It contains a virtual machine (VM) saved in the proprietary PVMP format, which utilizes a unique compression algorithm. PVMP files are similar to .PVMZ files, but Parallels Desktop for Mac compresses them with PVMP compression instead of Zip compression.

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Parallels Desktop for Mac is operating system virtualization software that can run Windows, Linux, Android, and additional versions of macOS on Macs. When you create a VM with Parallels Desktop for Mac, the software creates a PVM file (a macOS package), to store the contents.

If you need to transfer a VM to another computer, you can pack it as a PVMP file to reduce its size to make it easier to transfer. This functionality is only available in Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro and Business Editions.

How to create a PVMP file with Parallels Desktop for Mac

To create a PVMP file with Parallels Desktop for Mac, shut down your VM, right-click the VM in Control Center, then select Prepare for Transfer. After packing the VM, the PVM file becomes a PVMP file in the same location.

How to open a PVMP file

You can open a PVMP file with Parallels Desktop for Mac in macOS. To open a PVMP file in the folder you set as the default location for storing virtual machines (Parallels default location is Macintosh HD/​Users/​[username]/​Documents/​Parallels/​), select File → Open in Parallels Desktop for Mac, and select the PVMP file.

If the virtual machine (VM) is listed as "Package" in the Parallels Desktop for Mac Control Center, you can double-click it to unpackage it or right-click the VM and select Open Package.

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