You can use sortable columns and input filters to sort and find objects in your vSphere Client inventory that certain criteria.

You can object list views by column. These list views can be selected in the Global Inventory Lists pane or found in search results.

From a list view, you can use the Filter field to custom filter objects.

For example, you can sort virtual machines by name, provisioned space, used space, and so on. You can filter them by name, state, status, and so on.


  1. From the vSphere Client, navigate to Global Inventory Lists and open an object list view.
  2. Click the column you want to sort objects by. You can click again on that column to reverse the sorting order.
  3. To filter objects, type your filtering parameter in the filter field above the object list table. For example, in the virtual machine list view, type powered on to filter for all virtual machines that are in a powered on state.


A list of inventory objects that meet your filtering criteria are displayed in your selected sorting order.

What to do next

To clear the filtered list of inventory objects, delete the filter criteria.