File exchange between VirtualBox, VMWare and probably Parallel Desktop.


Have not yet tried it, but may be useful in the future as I start to use VirtualBox more and more each day. It’s fast, free and with source and sdk available.

From this blog:

Convert Virtualbox .vdi to VMware .vmdk
February 25th, 2008

I love VirtualBox because is fast and without a lot overhead. But network bridging is kind of pain in the ass with VirtualBox . I hope they change this fast. Anyways I had to convert my VirtualBox images to the VMware file format. This is easily done with qemu-img a nice tool bundled with qemu. It can handle serveral file formats:

Supported format: qcow2 vvfat vpc bochs dmg cloop vmdk qcow host_device raw

So you could convert some other stuff too. Converting is easily done (this example is for Windows by using qemu-0.9.0-windows):

qemu-img.exe convert -O vmdk hdd.vdi hdd.vmdk

In this case we convert the disk hdd.vdi to hdd.vmdk. The input format is detected automatically but can be overriden by adding -f switch. Output is vmdk as given with the -O switch.

And a comment

# 13 greg Says:
May 31st, 2008 at 3:53 am
The qemu-img by itself did not create a bootable windows system. Here’s how I got it to work:

Here’s how I did it (using Linux)

1. Get vditool (, will need VirtualBox installed, plus a few other things like libstdc++-5.0, libuuid, etc.)
2. Get qemu-img (from qemu binary
3. vditool COPYDD diskname.vdi diskname.dd
4. qemu-img convert -O vmdk diskname.dd diskname.vmdk

Then I was able to boot the image.

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