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Thinapped vSphere Client

Thinapped vSphere Client


Note: This Fling is deprecated and will no longer be updated. For similar functionality, try the ESXi Embedded Host Client Fling



Update – vSphere Client 5.0 update is now available!

Update – vSphere Client 4.1 Update 1 is now released.

Run vSphere client 4.1 in a snap. No install, just download the EXE and double-click. Place the ThinApped vSphere client on any network share and it will automatically stream to any Windows PC with no installation, agents, drivers, or specialized servers required. Carry ThinApped vSphere client and your customization on USB stick and now your vSphere client is available on the GO!

This fling uses VMware ThinApp to package vSphere Client into a single portable EXE giving you instant access to your virtual infrastructure from any computer. ThinApp has been used by corporate administrators to deploy thousands of applications to millions of desktops. Use VMware ThinApp to create your own virtualized applications, for more information visit the VMware ThinApp page and watch the ThinApp Blog.

System Requirements

With VMware ThinApp, applications are packaged into single executables that run completely isolated from each other and the operating system for conflict-free execution on end-point devices.

Thinapp vSphere Client requires .NET framework 2 or 3. If you are running Windows XP or Windows 2003, you will need .NET Framework 2.0 or .NET Framework 3.0.

Thinapp is compatible with  Windows (32/64 bit) and support the following versions :

  • Windows XP
  • Windows 2000
  • Windows 2003
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 2008
  • Windows 2008 R2

System requirements for ThinApped vSphere Client are the same as for native vSphere Client.


This fling is available for download in two different flavors:

QA Stats Enabled

This package collects and sends anonymous QA reports to VMware. Information collected is explained in the image below:

QA Stats Disabled

You can download this package which does no reporting.

Run vSphere client in a snap. No install, just download the EXE and doubleclick. Carry ThinApped vSphere client and your customization on USB stick and now your vSphere client is available on the GO!

Do give us your feedback which helps in enhancing this fling.


Change Log

Release Date 05/03/2012 - vSphere Client 5.0 Update is now available.

Release Date 10/17/2011 - vSphere Client 4.1 Update 1 is now available.


Nathan Prziborowski

Management Platform

Kailash Gajara

Desktop QE

Guruprasad Koladevi Mohan Rao

Desktop QE

Greg Geldorp

Enterprise Desktop

Jonathan Clark

Enterprise Desktop

Kaushal Dalal

Enterprise Desktop

Mitesh Pancholy

Desktop QE
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114 thoughts on “Thinapped vSphere Client

  1. Me me me

    These two standalone clients are completely useless.

    When I tried to connect to my ESX server, I’m informed I have to download the installer!


    1. Np

      You are asked to download the installer because the version of the thinapp client does not match the version of your ESXi.
      The only thinapp version are for 5.0 Update 1 and 4.1.
      I’d like to provide all the newer versions, but I don’t have the template that the original engineer used and I’m not sure how compatible it would be with various Windows versions.

    1. Ray Aslin

      I agree this is a great fling, would love to see a 5.5 version – allows easy times for me to have several versions installed at once for my novel environment.

      I know this was only a fling, but it really has become a long term thing for me ;)

  2. Jean-Philippe

    Do you plan to do the same for the latest release ? It will be great because it is very useful for people who haven’t privilege to install software on their computers. Many thanks in advance.

  3. Campos

    Trying to run this on Windows 8 64bit, I get an error saying that I need .NET framework 3.5 SP1 which for some reason I haven’t been able to install either (still trying to figure it out).
    Is there a thinapped version with the framework built-in?

  4. Peter

    Hi Guys, on question to QA Stats Enabled / Disabled.
    I only find one download package for every version. Have I now a package with QA Stats Enabled or Disabled,
    But from the description is sounds like there is nor option to switch it on or of.
    Thx for the help

  5. Wesley

    This is great but A MAC VERSION IS NEEDED for those of us who like working with a reliable system and do more that system/IT mamangement.

  6. JJG

    VMware needs to get on the ball…. Once Windows 8 hits main stream there will be a greater demand for a Mac / Linux client. No time better than the present!!!!

  7. Dan White

    I just purchased a nice used server off of ebay for a home lab, download and installed ESXi, but I’m pretty much stuck at the management screen. I can configure the network settings, but that’s about it.

    If someone has a solution for managing ESXi from Linux, please let me know. I’m going to have to use another virtualization technology for now, and come back to VMWare in a couple of years for another evaluation.

    I find it interesting that when I first used VMWare, some 10 years ago or so, VMWare had excellent Linux support. I moved on to a new job that didn’t use it. Now that I’ve found the opportunity to come back to it, I’m honestly surprised to find no management support.

  8. Dan B

    Could you please retain the download links for BOTH the v4 and v5 thinapped versions of the vSphere client, some of us need to administrate both 4.1 and 5.0 ESXi servers and having thinapped versions of both clients would be a real plus.

    1. Dave B

      Agreed, either make both versions available because the thinapped 5.0 client won’t allow me to connect to 4.1 ESX or build it in such a way that we only need to use one version of Thinapped Vsphere that connects to different versions of vCenter Server.

      1. Catscratch

        Yes, please provide 4.1 as thinapped version!

        Does someone got it and may upload it?

    2. Aaron Black

      thanks for the sugg – we have now enabled download of both versions and will add some more in the future – click the box above ‘download’ to set the version you want and then click download

  9. Martin

    For a sake. We need damn Linux client (java/web based – whatever). It’s really stupid run crappy Windows in VirtualBox to administer ESXi.

    1. Jacques

      Hi everyone especially the Vmware DEVs …

      WE NEED A LINUX CLIENT for managing esx…
      I’m using a Windows XP-vm ONLY to install vsphere client and that really sucks…
      Or rewrite the code so that we can at least use in under Wine… or a Java browser… or whatever…

  10. Brad

    exe works well but how can we publish this to View clients?

    I guess I have to thinapp it myself :(

    1. Aaron Black

      We chose to distribute EXE because likely to be used by Admins who just want to run and not install. For distributing to View Desktops you could just stream into desktops with shortcut created by group policy or script to thinreg

  11. jelabarre

    Really, thinapp or not, we need a Linux solution for managing vsphere systems. At this stage there is no excuse for not having a management client that runs under Linux

  12. Tom

    to ThinApp each vCenter vSphere Client??
    VMware, *you* invented ThinApp, please *use* it as people have requested.
    There’s really no excuse for you not distributing ThinApped vSphere clients as the STANDARD distro rather than the clumsy bulky installer.
    Please just do it — one ThinApped client for each 4.x U# edition and one ThinApped client for each 5.x U# edition.
    Thank you, Tom

  13. Ike Nwosa

    Any plans for vSphere Thinapped client for vSphere 5.0?
    Keen to see this happen, no more installation worries.

  14. Luke

    Another vote for a Linux and/or Mac OS X vSphere client.

    I’m currently running it in a VirtualBox VM on my laptop, to access my organization’s vSphere infrastructure. I tried running the vSphere Client under Crossover Office, but no luck. It’s clunky, and I’m using your competitor’s product to make it work. Please release a vSphere client that matches the OS-choices commonly made by systems administrators who actually have their hands on VMWare.

    1. Mike

      YES! This is un-freaking-believable that no Linux or Mac client exists! It’s INSANE that I have to maintain a Windows PC just to be able to administer my virtualized Linux server farm.

  15. Meistermn

    Not every time IE and Firefox are an option, because the ie is selfcustomized and very restricted by the custommer.
    Although Adobe Flash is not allowed. A thininstalled virtual center client 5.0 + plugins makes sense.
    It could be copied in a folder in the virtual center and add a hyperlink on the virtual center home page, so the resticted customer users (not admins on windows)
    can download the thininstalled vc client inside the company, as the admins could today with the virtual center client.
    This reduce packing and rollout of vc client.

    1. M_VdM

      And while you guys are at IT … can you please make sure that it’s WINE compatible ???

      I have a dream: ThinApped vSpere Client 5.0 running under WinOnX !?!

      That would please a whole lot of Mac users !

  16. Russ Neufeld

    Hey – this is great! Thanks!
    Got me back into ESXi hosts from Windows 8 Developer Preview (standard 4.1 client wouldn’t install).

  17. Jason

    …a whole 10 days before it’s useless again! GREAT!!!!

    In all seriousness, why can’t they release this along with the new versions/update? I have a vender that cannot get their act together and move they’re software to services, so the users are required to log in with the console. This would help greatly when updates come out.

    …. and they are USERS, they can’t use a browser….

    1. Michael

      Any plan for a 4.1 U2 release? My customer’s slooowwww vsphere client deployment cycle is preventing us from upgrading to 4.1 U2 on vCenter and hosts…

  18. Phil

    Doesn’t seem to work on Windows 7 x64?

    Faulting application name: VMware vSphere Client.exe, version:, time stamp: 0x4d23dbd5
    Faulting module name: msvcrt.dll, version: 7.0.7600.16385, time stamp: 0x4a5bda6f
    Exception code: 0xc0000005
    Fault offset: 0x0000ba16
    Faulting process id: 0x204c
    Faulting application start time: 0x01cc9416a411b448
    Faulting application path: D:\VMs\VMware_vSphere_Client_4_1_update_1_without_QR\VMware vSphere Client.exe
    Faulting module path: C:\Windows\syswow64\msvcrt.dll
    Report Id: fef87478-0009-11e1-a30a-005056c00008

  19. KM Khan

    This is very strange, specially when you look at vmware’s past. But its all about $$$ I guess. I’m really disappointed!!!

    1. Andy Barnes

      Hi KM Khan,
      VMware have released the vSphere web client with vSphere 5.0 which allows vSphere to be managed from IE and Firefox supported browsers – opening up management from Linux.
      Essentially this is an initial release and is a superset of the funcationality of the C# client but also contains new functionality.
      In the next few releases essentialy management will move to the vSphere web client which is based on the same framework as View and vCloud (Adobe Flex) and be a single web based console.
      Support for Opera and Chrome will also be added – very cool eh?

      Andy Barnes

  20. Chris G

    Now that i’m all gun-ho for 5 after VMworld….. Any idea on a update for this for ESXi/vSphere 5?
    It’d be pretty sweet to use this with our new installation of the ESXi 5 environment.

    Heck, I guess I could thinapp it myself but I’ve honestly been too lazy.

  21. Yuri

    Dear Developers, we’re all looking forward for Linux version of vSphere Client… It so awful that we need to look for a windows machine to make some management tasks.. Among system administrators non-Windows OSes are more popular and obviously we need this software for all major platforms incl Mac and Linux.

    1. Dan

      I agree…this is the ONLY piece of software that requires me to still have a Windows host. I work in development and I can do everything else except administer my VMs with Linux.

  22. Toby Fruth

    If asked to guess, I would say that preparations for VMWorld have placed any update for this fling on the back burner. I created a package of this application on my own using ThinApp and found it be fairly easy. I didn’t need any of the non-English files and managed to get the MSI file down to 38MB. My version is 4.1.0 Build 345043.

    The basic process to capture and build this application is not too involved and can be done in an afternoon. I can’t say whether the refinement of the package will take long, as I did not have time for that type of thing. I’m not using the client regularly, I just did this for fun. Your situation may require the use of every feature of the application and many plug-ins. I challenge those of you with a free afternoon and a ThinApp license to package this application.

  23. Kimber

    Is there any update to Thinapped vSphere Client 4.1 U1? I didn’t realize this wasn’t the latest build and have now upgraded my hosts and vcenter server. Much appreciated. Thanks

  24. RoS

    I would really appreciate all vSphere clients thinapped as one single app – we have different customers with different level of upgrade, so I almost daily need vSphere 4.1 u1, 4.1, 4.0, etc..

  25. carl

    Is it possible to get the “recipe” for this ‘package?
    How did you get to 89 mb and how did you disabled SxS?

  26. Scott Dare

    Nooooo! So close. We up’d to ESX 4.1i before discovering this gem. Life in a dynamic Virtual Desktop still remains vSphereless..

  27. Mordecai

    Thinapped Vsphere client works when using it to remote into an ESX 4.1.0 (Build 260247) – Guest Hypervisor , but not on the ESX 4.1 Host (build 348481 – 02/10/11 | 4.1 Update 1 )
    Message appears when connecting to ESX 4.1 Host(build 348481) “Updating…. The required client support files need to be retrieved from the server “vsphereclient.vmware.com” and installed. Click Run the installer or Save the installer ” in which i choose to RUN the installer. Continuously get this message even after. So I am using The standard VIC client and Thinapped Client in the interim. Please let me know if there is a work around.

  28. John

    I’d use it if only it was backward-compatible with other ESX/ESXi builds. I have 3.5, 4.0, 4.1 with various U’s.

  29. Dennis

    How do you check if .net 2.0 or 3.0 is available or not? I would like to implement this check for our own thinapp-ed applications in this way you use. Can you tell me the trick?

  30. Andrei

    The only problem is that if you need to administer a infrastructure on 4.0, 4.0u1,u2 or 4.1u1 it will ask you to install the appropriate client.
    So this is in no way a universal package to administer all editions.

    1. David Hesse

      Andrei is dead right. This Thin App package is useless as long as it does not supports several different vSphere versions.

  31. Glenn

    Very cool idea! After using this I started thinking … If I could have the vMA on a thumb drive this would complete my entire portable tool set leveraging the tools i prefer to use, GUI (vSphere Client), CLI (vMA) and Web (Portable Firefox). Do you think you guys can work on getting the vMA on a thumb drive? This will also make it so I don’t have to use space on my ESX clusters or install Workstation on my corporate laptop to leverage the vMA management tool. The more I use the vMA the more I like it, it’s definitely better than the vSphere CLI. Since we’ll all have to become familiar with it after the next major release of ESX I think this would be extremely beneficial to use lonely admins :)

  32. Paulo C

    It’s really sad that Linux and Mac aren’t supported on VI client, when a lot of administrators use this platforms for every day use…

  33. Mike

    Unfortunately I have .Net 4 installed on Win7 x64 …

    VMware vSphere Client.exe has stopped working.

    Problem signature:
    Problem Event Name: APPCRASH
    Application Name: VMware vSphere Client.exe
    Application Version:
    Application Timestamp: 4d7ebbdb
    Fault Module Name: StackHash_76a1
    Fault Module Version:
    Fault Module Timestamp: 00000000
    Exception Code: c0000005
    Exception Offset: 78c21005
    OS Version: 6.1.7601.
    Locale ID: 1033
    Additional Information 1: 76a1
    Additional Information 2: 76a173c26a6dc2e3cd83ac8fd9f8bdb9
    Additional Information 3: 7b3f
    Additional Information 4: 7b3f634c955ac91fe3f1e745337a968a

    Hopefully this issue will be resolved in later versions.

    Any news on Thinapped apps working in WINE, or a vSphere client for Linux?

  34. Plao

    Great idea…but, as John C says, please re-package with the backward-compatible client version!!!

    In any case…thanks a lot!!!


  35. Richard Powers

    I take it I don’t have to own Thinapp licenses to Legally use and not have to pay VMware for using it this correct?



  36. james

    Awesome idea! Glad to see this, but need current version please! Please also see if there are any more vmware applications you can do this with! Also, put the build number somewhere in teh zip file or zip file name so we know what the build number is for the vpshere client.

    1. Amitabh

      Thanks for the feedback. A new release with vSphere Client U 1 coming soon and should have the vSphere Client Build #

      1. Scott K

        Now at 5.0 on the vsphere vi client. Any chance of a thin app for that. Especially since (speaking of thinness) I can’t get the 5.0 client to install on the windows 7 “thinpc” (which has happily been running the 4.1 client)

  37. Doug Davis

    This is a really great idea. What would be even better would be a) if you could provide a Thinapped version with every vCenter release and b) if you could Thinapp all the VI Client/vSphere Client versions from 2.5 upwards – I’m sure I’m not alone in that I have a number of legacy environments I need to manage and could do without having to install multiple versions on my machine.

  38. Claes

    Could it be possible to get an msi file with streaming turned on. To use with VMware View?


  39. Virgil

    Thanks for the release.

    It would be nice to see the other plug-ins available as linked ThinApps as well. This would include the already mentioned Converter and Update Manager, but also SRM, Appspeed, CapIQ and anything else from the VMware vSphere family.

    Thanks again.

    Brisbane VMUG

  40. Chris Colotti

    Are the plugins for Update Manager and Converter pre-installed in the package as well? I too would like to see a U1 version as my lab is currently running U1.

  41. Carter Shanklin

    Yay. Let’s get a PowerCLI one too.

    Maybe we can even get this in the build system and release a new one with every update? Crazy I know, but…

  42. Ken Cohen

    The client’s not launching, and not giving any error messages. Running Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit. .Net is installed

    1. Ken Cohen

      Event viewer had an error –



      VMware vSphere Client.exe
      C:\Users\kcohen\Documents\vSphere\VMware vSphere Client.exe

      1. gguglie

        Same problem also for me: client not launching and not giving any error message.
        OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
        Error in event viewer:
        VMware vSphere Client.exe
        D:\ThinApped_Vmware_vSphere_Client_4.1_stats_enabled\VMware vSphere Client.exe

        I can give you the appcrash on request.

    1. Alex

      You can always use Fusion->Windows and run vSphere Client on top of that.
      But just a Thinapp for MacOS would be so cool !

  43. Tom

    Please make this a STANDARD vCenter client application offering going forward.

    Maintain it just like the regular vCenter client.

    Offer it with the limitations of not using it for VUM and plugins.

    Just a really easy way for administering vCenter etc. that can be used by people who don’t use vCenter daily (e.g. people who do infrequent or limited administration etc.).

    AND please update/maintain it.

    Thank you, Tom

  44. Charles

    Why only vSphere Client 4.1 Build 260247? So I can’t use it, because I’ve already 4.1U1 :-)

  45. John C

    Great idea, but one minor nitpick – this is the 4.1 client. It won’t work with hosts running 4.1 Update 1. Can you re-package with the latest bits (since the update 1 client is backward compatible)?

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