Use the datastore file browser to download files from the datastore available on your ESXi host to your local computer.


  • Required privilege: Datastore.Browse Datastore
  • Privileges when a VM is encrypted: Cryptographic operations.Decrypt and Cryptographic operations.Direct Access


  1. Open the datastore browser.
    1. Display the datastore in the inventory.
    2. Right-click the datastore and select Browse Files.
  2. Navigate to the file to download and click Download.
  3. Follow the prompts to save the file to your local computer.