vRA – import/export Software Components with vRealize CloudClient

vRealize CloudClient is a pretty cool CLI tool for managing products like vRealize Automation, vRealize Orchestrator as well as VMware Site Recovery Manager.  The CLI provides simplified verb-based functions which are easy to follow and include TAB assistance.

There are some useful software component samples available on VMware sample exchange, which you download as a zip file, after which you need to use CloudClient to import the file into your existing vRA environment.

Latest version of vRealize CloudClient today is 4.3 available here.

Import a software component.

  • Login to vRealize CloudClient
    • vra login userpass –-user <tenant username> –-password <tenant password> -server <vRA appliance FQDN> –-tenant <tenant you want to import content into>
  • Next we run the import command
    • vra content import –path C:\files\filename.zip –resolution overwrite –dry-run true –precheck warn
    • Review results and verify that is the import dry run ran successfully
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    • Now run the command without –dry-run false
  • Verify in vRA that the Software Component is showing
    • Login to your tenant.
    • Design -> Software Components.


Exporting a software component requires a bit more detailed information.

  • We require the ID, contentId and Content Type information
    • vra content list
    • you might see results have a lot of pages so have to scroll through these to find the Software Components
    • vra content list –page 4
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    • Cop the ID and content Id information
  • vra content export –path C:\files –id a7b2d614-4377-4eb0-83b1-82021c652f7d –content-id Software.EPOpsWinAgent –type software-component –precheck warn