You can access vSphere components through the vSphere Web Client, the vSphere Client, the VMware Host Client, and the vSphere Command-Line Interface.

vSphere Client

The vSphere Client, introduced in vSphere 6.5, is an HTML5-based client and is included with vCenter Server alongside the vSphere Web Client. The vSphere Client is the primary interface for connecting to and managing vCenter Server instances.

vSphere Web Client

The vSphere Web Client is a web application installed on a machine with network access to your vCenter Server installation.

VMware Host Client

The VMware Host Client is a Web-based application that you can use to manage individual ESXi hosts that are not connected to a vCenter Server system.

For more information about the VMware Host Client, see vSphere Single Host Management - VMware Host Client.

vSphere Command-Line Interfaces

vSphere supports multiple command-line interfaces for configuring virtual machines, ESXi hosts, and vCenter Server.


Not all functionality in the vSphere Web Client has been implemented for the vSphere Client in the vSphere 6.5 release. For an up-to-date list of unsupported functionality, see Functionality Updates for the vSphere Client Guide at