You can import items such as VM templates and vApps to a content library from your local machine or from a Web server, and use them to create virtual machines and vApps. You can also import ISO images, certificates, and other files that you want to keep in the library and share with other users across multiple vCenter Server instances. You can add an item that resides on a Web server to a content library, or ou can add items to a content library by importing files from your local file system.

About this task

You can import an OVF package to use as a template for deploying virtual machines and vApps. You can also import other types of files, such as scripts or ISO files, that you want to use in your vCenter Server instance, or you want to share across multiple vCenter Server systems.


  1. Navigate to the Content Libraries list.



    vSphere Client

    Select Menu > Content Libraries.

    vSphere Web Client

    1. Select Home > Content Libraries.

    2. Click the Objects tab.

  2. Right-click a content library and select Import Item.

    The Import Library Item dialog box opens.

  3. In the Source section, choose the source of the item.



    Import from a URL

    Enter the path to a Web-server where the item is.

    Import from File

    Click Browse to navigate to the file that you want to import from your local system. You can use the drop-down menu to filter files in your local system.


    When you import an OVF template, first select the OVF descriptor file (.ovf). Next, you are prompted to select the other reference files in the OVF template. Reference files might include files such as .vmdk and .mf.

  4. In the Destination section, enter a name and a description for the item, and click OK.


In the Recent Tasks pane you see two tasks, one about creating a new item in the library, and the second about uploading the contents of the item to the library. After the task is complete, the item appears on the Templates tab or on the Other Types tab.