You can add items to a content library by importing files from your local system. 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.


Required privilege: Content library.Add library item and Content library.Update files on the library.


  1. In the vSphere Web Client navigator, select vCenter Inventory Lists > Content Libraries.
  2. Right-click a content library and select Import Item.
    The Import Library Item dialog box opens.
  3. Under Source section, select the option to import an item from a local 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.
    Note: 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. Under Destination section, enter a name and 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 tab Templates or on tab Other Types.