Deleting a Whonix ova file

The Whonix .ova files used for the workstation and gateway (called “open virtualization format archive”) are each larger than 1.5 GB. Is it a problem to delete either of these after the workstation and gateway have been installed, or are they integral to operation and storage within the virtual environments? Would deleting them cause any adverse consequences?

So for example, if one saves files in the “dolphin” file mangager of a workstation and then deletes the “Whonix-workstation-” that he/she downloaded, will this also delete the files stored in the “dolphin” manager? Can a .ova file be downloaded, have a workstation environment extracted from it, and then be deleted?

Can be deleted. Deleting them does not influence already imported VMs.