You can clone existing vApps to vApp templates in a content library. You can use the vApp templates later to provision new vApps on a cluster or a host in your vSphere inventory. The vApp is exported to a content library in the OVF format.


  1. In the vSphere Web Client navigator, click vCenter Inventory Lists > vApps.
  2. Right-click a vApp and select Clone > Clone to Template in Library
  3. Type a name and description for the template.
  4. From the list of available libraries, select the content library to which you want to add the template.
  5. (Optional) Include or exclude vApp related configurations in the template you are cloning.

    You can select to preserve the MAC-addresses on the network adapters and include extra configuration.

  6. Click OK.


A new task for cloning to OVF package appears in the Recent Tasks pane. After the task is complete, the vApp template appears on the Templates tab for the content library.

What to do next

Use the template to provision vApps on a host or a cluster in your vSphere inventory. See Create New vApp on a Host or a Cluster from a Template in a Content Library