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I download virtual box from http://www.modern.ie/en-US/virtualization-tools#downloads and extracted it. When I tried to run ova file, I couldn't.

$ sudo ./"IE11 - Win8.1.ova"
./IE11 - Win8.1.ova: ./IE11 - Win8.1.ova: cannot execute binary file

$ ./"IE11 - Win8.1.ova"
-bash: ./IE11 - Win8.1.ova: cannot execute binary file

$ ls -l "IE11 - Win8.1.ova"
-rwx------  1 alex  staff  3834711040 Mar 28 15:02 IE11 - Win8.1.ova

The same failure from Finder, it said

There is no application set to open the document “IE11 - Win8.1.ova”.
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You can't run .ova files from Terminal as they are not a binary file, hence the error. ova files are for VirtualBox, so you need VirtualBox to be able to open the file. Download VirtualBox from virtualbox.org.

  • isn't this - ova file - a Virtual Box itself? – アレックス Aug 10 '14 at 15:08
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    @Alex VirtualBox is an application, ova files are for VirtualBox. You need VirtualBox to be able to open the files in the same way you need Photoshop to open a psd. – grg Aug 10 '14 at 15:09

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