VMware's download site is very frustrating. I am unable to find where the download link to the vSphere client is.

Did they rename this tool? How can I get it?


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I found someone's blog who had the same problem. He points to hardcoded links to VMware's clients: (And another blog)

vSphere v6.0

vSphere v5.5

vSphere v5.1

vSphere v5.0

vSphere v4.1

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    This is now outdated, as is the blog. Mengdi's answer below links to the official VMware KB article. kb.vmware.com/kb/2089791.
    – hajamie
    Commented Apr 24, 2015 at 12:33
  • How can a company this big fail so hard on such simple things is beyond me... PS: The answer of @Mendi is also outdated.
    – Black
    Commented Oct 24, 2022 at 8:27

Download links of all versions of VMware vSphere Clients was officially provided by VMware since 2014-12-15.

  • This is the best answer as it points to VMWare official page
    – Stéphane
    Commented Oct 4, 2016 at 12:33
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    Except the link is dead
    – HackSlash
    Commented Jun 17, 2021 at 18:17
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    Fix your link or get rid of answer.
    – B. Shea
    Commented Jul 14, 2022 at 17:12


If you have installed VMware ESXi server, you can manage the ESXi server using vSphere client. vSphere client works only on Windows host. If you don’t have vSphere client installed, download it from your local VMware Server home page. i.e go to http://{your-vmware-server-ip} to download vSphere client.

  • I read this too, however the server has a webserver running so these requests simply get forwarded to apache. I've downloaded the client direct from them before...I just need to do it again :(
    – OnResolve
    Commented Jun 20, 2012 at 16:19
  • That should be http://{your-esx-server-ip}/ and not any of the host's IPs. There's also a slightly more canonical reference.
    – Ladadadada
    Commented Feb 23, 2013 at 21:50
  • That only provides a link directly to the same version as the ESXi host which is likely older than current. My ESXi host version is incompatible with Windows 8.1 that I was trying to install it on. Commented Nov 28, 2013 at 13:36

In addition to the desktop client there is also a vSphere web client available (at least since 5.5).

Beware that in the future (past version 6.0) the desktop client might be discontinued and the vSphere web client might become the default to interact with the servers. At least according to this blog post from Dennis Lu who's the product manager for the vSphere web client.

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