You can use the software-packages utility to see a list of the patches currently applied to the vCenter Server Appliance. You can also view the list of the installed patches in chronological order and details about a specific patch.


  1. Access the appliance shell and log in as a user who has a super administrator role.
    The default user with a super administrator role is root.
  2. To view the full list of patches and software packages installed in the vCenter Server Appliance, run the software-packages list command.
  3. To view all patches applied to the vCenter Server Appliance in chronological order, run the software-packages list --history command.
    You see the list in chronological order. A single patch in this list can be an update of multiple different packages.
  4. To view details about a specific patch, run software-packages list --patch <patch_name> command.
    For example, if you want to view the details about the VMware-vCenter-Server-Appliance-Patch1 patch, run the following command:
    software-packages list --patch VMware-vCenter-Server-Appliance-Patch1
    You can see the complete list of details about the patch, such as vendor, description, and installation date.