If you use a subscribed library, and you synchronize it, you can later delete the library from storage but keep the metadata. You can also delete a library item such as a template completely.

If a subscribed library is created with the option to download library content only when needed, only metadata for the library items is stored in the associated with the library storage. When you want to use a library item, for example use a VM template to deploy a virtual machine, you have to synchronize the item. Synchronization downloads the entire content to the associated storage.

In the vSphere Client you can delete an item altogether.


Required privileges
Task Required Privileges
Delete the contents of a library item Content library.Evict library item
Delete a library item Content library.Delete library item


  1. Select Menu > Content Libraries.
  2. Click a content library, select the type of item, and select the task you want to perform with the item.
  3. From the Templates tab, right-click a template from the library, and select Delete.
  4. Ftom the Other Types tab, right-click a file from the library that is not a template, and select Delete.