To update or download the content of a library item in a subscribed library, you can synchronize the library item.

When you create a subscribed library, only metadata for the library contents is downloaded to the associated storage if you selected the option to download library content only when needed. When you need to use a library item, you synchronize it to download its content to your local storage. When you no longer need the item, you can delete the content of the item to free storage space. You continue to see the item in your subscribed library, but it no longer takes up space on your storage because only the items metadata remains on the storage.


  • Required privilege: Content library > Sync library item on the library item.


  1. Navigate to the Content Libraries list.



    vSphere Client

    Select Menu > Content Libraries.

    vSphere Web Client

    1. Select Home > Content Libraries.

    2. Click the Objects tab.

  2. Select a subscribed library from the list.
  3. Synchronize the item you need to use.
    • On the Templates tab, right-click a template, and select Synchronize Item.

    • On the Other Types tab, right-click an item, and select Synchronize Item.


After synchronization completes, the item content and metadata are downloaded to the backing storage of the subscribed library, and the value for the item in the Stored Content Locally column changes to Yes.