A newly created organization has no catalogs in it. After an organization administrator or catalog author creates a catalog, members of the organization can add items to it or remove items from it if they have the necessary rights.

Catalogs can contain references to vApp templates and media images. A system administrator or a privileged member of the organization that owns the catalog can create and remove these references. A catalog can be shared to make it visible to other members of an organization, and can be published to make it visible to administrators in other organizations. A system administrator specifies which organizations can publish catalogs, and an organization administrator controls access to catalogs by organization members.

By default, a catalog is accessible only to its creator. An organization administrator or catalog author can grant catalog access to other members of the organization, individually or collectively. See Controlling Access to vApps and Catalogs. An organization administrator or catalog author can also publish a catalog to make it available to administrators in other organizations. An organization administrator or system administrator can change the owner of a catalog. See View or Change the Owner of an Object.