Every organization has an add URL for catalogs. An administrator or catalog author can create a catalog by POSTing an AdminCatalog element to this URL

A new Catalog object is an empty container for catalog items, which are references to vApp templates and media images. There are several options for creating a catalog:

You can create a catalog to use in your own organization or cloud, to hold content that you create locally by uploading or importing.

You can enable external publication of a catalog that you create locally. See Publish an Existing Catalog Externally.

You can create a catalog that is published externally. See Create a Catalog For External Publication.

You can create a catalog that has an external subscription. Contents of these catalogs are downloaded from an external source.


You cannot use catalogs created by using an external subscription to hold catalog items that you create locally. Catalogs that contain catalog items created locally cannot have an external subscription. See Create a Catalog With an External Subscription.

Verify that you are logged in as a system administrator, an organization administrator, or a user with the Catalog Author role.

Verify that at least one VDC exists in your organization. You cannot create a catalog in an organization that has no VDCs.


Retrieve the XML representation of the organization to which to add the catalog.

Use a request like this one:

GET https://vcloud.example.com/api/admin/org/26

Examine the response to locate the Link element that contains the URL for adding catalogs to the organization.

This element has a rel attribute value of add and a type attribute value of application/vnd.vmware.admin.catalog+xml, as shown here:


Create an AdminCatalog element.

See the request portion of Example: Create a Catalog.


POST the AdminCatalog element to the organization's add URL for catalogs.

See the request portion of Example: Create a Catalog.

The server creates an empty catalog and returns its representation in the response. See the response portion of Example: Create a Catalog.

This example adds a catalog to the organization created in Example: Create an Organization. Because the request does not specify a CatalogStorageProfile, the catalog is created on the default storage profile for the first VDC created in the organization. To create the catalog on a specific storage profile, you can add a CatalogStorageProfiles element to the request. See Specify a Storage Profile for a Catalog.


POST https://vcloud.example.com/api/admin/org/26/catalogs
Content-Type: application/vnd.vmware.admin.catalog+xml
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
   name="Example Catalog">
   <Description>New Catalog for Example Org</Description>

The response contains information extracted from the request, and includes these additions that the server creates:

A URL, in the value of the href attribute of the response body, that references the new catalog.

Links that implement operations on the catalog.

A link to an alternate view of this catalog. All users can access the catalog at this URL.

An empty CatalogItems element.

A Task that tracks the creation of the catalog.

An IsPublished element whose content is the string false, indicating that the catalog is not shared with other organizations. See Share a Catalog with All Organizations in a Cloud.

A VersionNumber element with an initial value of 1. See Version Numbers.


201 Created
Content-Type: application/vnd.vmware.admin.catalog+xml
   name="Example Catalog"
      href="https://vcloud.example.com/api/admin/org/26" />
      href="https://vcloud.example.com/api/catalog/32" />
      href="https://vcloud.example.com/api/admin/catalog/32/owner" />
      href="https://vcloud.example.com/api/admin/catalog/32" />
      href="https://vcloud.example.com/api/admin/catalog/32" />
   <Link ... >
         operation="Creating Catalog Example Catalog (32)"
   <Description>New Catalog for Example Org</Description>