Instead of using a shared repository or the Internet as a download source for patches and extensions, you can import patches and extensions manually by using an offline bundle.

You can import offline bundles only for hosts that run ESXi 6.0 and later.


  • The patches and extensions you import must be in ZIP format.

  • Required privileges: VMware vSphere Update Manager.Upload File.Upload File.


  1. Use the vSphere Client to log in to a vCenter Server Appliance.
    Note: In vSphere 6.7 and later, using the Update Manager functionality in the vSphere Client is only supported for Update Manager that runs in the vCenter Server Appliance.
  2. Navigate to Menu > Update Manager.
  3. Click the Settings tab.
  4. Select Administration Settings > Patch Downloads.
  5. In thePatch Downloads pane, click Upload From File.
    The Import Patches dialog box opens.
  6. Click Browse and select a .zip file or enter the URL for the patches that you want to import.

    If the upload fails, check whether the structure of the .zip file is correct and whether the Update Manager network settings are set up correctly.

    Local patches are imported immediately.

    The Upload offline patches task appears in the Recent Tasks pane.

  7. (Optional) To import the patches from the URL, click Import.


You imported the patches into the Update Manager patch repository. You can view the imported patches on the Update Manager Updates tab.