Use the datastore file browser to upload files to datastores accessible to ESXi hosts.

In addition to their traditional use as a storage for virtual machines files, datastores can serve to store data or files related to virtual machines. For example, you can upload ISO images of operating systems from a local computer to a datastore on the host. You then use these images to install guest operating systems on the new virtual machines.

Install the Client Integration Plug-in. For information, see the vSphere Virtual Machine Administration documentation.

Browse to Datastores in the vSphere Web Client navigator. See Display Datastore Information in the vSphere Web Client.


Select the datastore where you want to store the file and click the Datastore File Browser icon.


(Optional) Create a new folder to store the file.


Select the new folder and click the Upload a File icon.


Locate the item to upload on the local computer and click Upload.


Refresh the datastore file browser to see the uploaded file on the list.