The File Extensions Database

.XVD File Extension

  • Developer by: Microsoft
  • Category: Disk Image Files

What is an .XVD file?

.XVD is Xbox Virtual Disk

Software package wrapper format used by Xbox One to store secured data such as system images/data; may also store console update, system, and settings information.

The XVD format is a wrapper for binary data, which means that not all XVD files are the same file type. The XVD format is a more secure and complex version of the STFS package format used by Xbox 360.

The Xbox One console uses NTFS formatted hard drives that can be connected to your computer. You can then access the console's partitions, which store all of its files. The majority of theses files are XVD files.

XVD files can be downloaded from Microsoft by Xbox One owners that need to install console updates but are unable to connect to the Internet due to connectivity problems or lack of Internet where their console is located. The XVD files can be placed on a NTFS formatted USB device, which can be plugged into the console. When you boot the console from the USB you can then install the updates.

NOTE: The xvdtool can be used to manipulate XVD files. It can print information about a package and convert decrypted XVD files to VHD format.

Programs that open Xbox Virtual Disk

How to solve problems with XVD files

  • Associate the XVD file extension with the correct application. On :
    Windows: Right click on any XVD file and then click "Open with" > "Choose another app". Now select another program and check the box "Always use this app to open *.XVD files". Mac: Right click (or Ctrl-click) the XVD file, then click "Open with" > "Other...". Then choose another program and check the "Always Open With" box. Linux: Right click on the file, and select "Open with" and choose another program. iPhone: Tap the file. If you do not see an app to open the file, then tap Share "Share" and choose an app. Alternatively, save the file. Then open the Files app Files app. There long-press on the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. Then tap "Share" and select an app. Android: Tap the Settings icon on your smartphone, then tap on the Apps section. There tap the Options icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen to change the default apps.
  • Update your software that should actually open .XVD is Xbox Virtual Disk. Because only the current version supports the latest XVD file format. Search, therefore, e.g. on the Microsoft manufacturer website after an available .XVD is Xbox Virtual Disk update.
  • To make sure that your XVD file is not corrupted or virus-infected, get the file again and scan it with antivirus software.