Exporting and Importing Virtual Box Images


Needed to save a virtual box image to be shared with someone else


Using vboxmanage command line to export the image and then test importing the image.


  • First list the virtual box images available

imela@whiscardz$ vboxmanage list vms
"test_default_1549514247520_18667" {6e29d56a-6531-4274-9d91-c6719e9fdaf3}
  • Then export the image you want to a file

imela@whiscardz$ vboxmanage export test_default_1549514247520_18667 -o test_default_1549514247520_18667.ova

  • Then copy it to the machine that you want to import the image.
  • Finally import the image.

imela@whiscardz2$ vboxmanage import test_default_1549514247520_18667.ova

Potential Issues

When I tried exporting to a file name other than the name of the image, it failed and threw the error below (it could be the extention):

imela@whiscardz2$ vboxmanage export test_default_1549514247520_18667 --output otherFileName.ovf
Progress state: VBOX_E_IPRT_ERROR
VBoxManage: error: Appliance write failed
VBoxManage: error: RTVfsFsStrmAdd failed for 'otherFileName.ovf' (VERR_ALREADY_EXISTS)
VBoxManage: error: Details: code VBOX_E_IPRT_ERROR (0x80bb0005), component ApplianceWrap, interface IAppliance
VBoxManage: error: Context: "RTEXITCODE handleExportAppliance(HandlerArg*)" at line 1263 of file VBoxManageAppliance.cpp


How to export and import VirtualBox VM images?

VBoxManage registervm/unregistervm

Export to OVF

VBoxManage export

VBoxManage import

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