Managing and keeping your virtual environment up-to-date might require you to update the content of a library item. For example, you can directly update a VM template when you want to add a patch to it, instead of deleting the existing template and creating a new one.


Verify that you have the Content Library Administrator role.


  1. In the vSphere Web Client navigator, select vCenter Inventory Lists > Content Libraries.
  2. Select a content library.
  3. Select the file that you want to update.
    • From the Templates tab, right-click a template from the library, and select Update Item.

    • From the Other Types tab, right-click a file from the library that is not a template, and select Update Item.

    The Update Library Item dialog box opens.

  4. Select a file to overwrite the item in your library.




    Enter the URL to a web server where the item is stored .


    Navigate to an item that is stored on your local system.

  5. (Optional) Change the name of the item.
  6. (Optional) Change the note of the item.
  7. Click OK.


The content of the item is updated. In the Summary tab of the item, you can view the time of the last update of the item.