»vSphere Post-Processor

Type: vsphere

The Packer vSphere post-processor takes an artifact and uploads it to a vSphere endpoint. The artifact must have a vmx/ova/ovf image.


There are many configuration options available for the post-processor. They are segmented below into two categories: required and optional parameters. Within each category, the available configuration keys are alphabetized.


  • cluster (string) - The cluster to upload the VM to.

  • datacenter (string) - The name of the datacenter within vSphere to add the VM to.

  • datastore (string) - The name of the datastore to store this VM. This is not required if resource_pool is specified.

  • host (string) - The vSphere host that will be contacted to perform the VM upload.

  • password (string) - Password to use to authenticate to the vSphere endpoint.

  • username (string) - The username to use to authenticate to the vSphere endpoint.

  • vm_name (string) - The name of the VM once it is uploaded.


  • esxi_host (string) - Target vSphere host. Used to assign specific esx host to upload the resulting VM to, when a vCenter Server is used as host. Can be either a hostname (e.g. "packer-esxi1", requires proper DNS setup and/or correct DNS search domain setting) or an ipv4 address.

  • disk_mode (string) - Target disk format. See ovftool manual for available options. By default, "thick" will be used.

  • insecure (boolean) - Whether or not the connection to vSphere can be done over an insecure connection. By default this is false.

  • keep_input_artifact (boolean) - When true, preserve the local VM files, even after importing them to vsphere. Defaults to false.

  • resource_pool (string) - The resource pool to upload the VM to.

  • vm_folder (string) - The folder within the datastore to store the VM.

  • vm_network (string) - The name of the VM network this VM will be added to.

  • overwrite (boolean) - If it's true force the system to overwrite the existing files instead create new ones. Default is false

  • options (array of strings) - Custom options to add in ovftool. See ovftool --help to list all the options