VMware PowerCLI Version 6.5.2+ Installation – Online/Offline

From VMware PowerCLI version 6.5.2 and above, the .exe installable package is not available from VMware download site. All the PowerCLI modules are available from https://www.powershellgallery.com/packages/VMware.PowerCLI.


This post is to highlight the online and offline installation procedure for PowerCLI version 6.5.2 and above.

  • Online Install Procedure

The online installation procedure is fairly straight forward. Launch the PowerShell, run the below command line:

Install-Module -Name VMware.PowerCLI

Or, if required specific version, run the below command:

Install-Module -Name VMware.PowerCLI -RequiredVersion


  • Offline Install Procedure

Step 1 From the server with internet connection, launch PowerShell, save the PowerCLI modules to a temporary folder with the below command:

Save-Module -Name VMware.PowerCLI -Path C:\tmp\


Step 2:  List the available PowerShell module paths on the target server by running the below command:


Global Path

Step 3:  Copy the module folders downloaded from Step1 to one of the module path on target server from the output of Step2. It is normally to choose the path “C:\Program Files\WindowsPowerShell\Modules”.

List Folders

Step 4:  Import the PowerCLI modules by running:

Import-Module VMware.PowerCLI


Step 5: Check the PowerCLI module version

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