Show ESXi build details on command line

If you are logged into an ESXi per SSH you can display details about the build version using 2 simple commands.

  • vmware -vl
  • cat /etc/vmware/.buildInfo

Example output:

 Using username "root". The time and date of this login have been sent to the system logs. VMware offers supported, powerful system administration tools. Please see for details. The ESXi Shell can be disabled by an administrative user. See the vSphere Security documentation for more information. [root@ESXi:~] vmware -vl VMware ESXi 6.5.0 build-5310538 VMware ESXi 6.5.0 GA 
 [root@ESXi:~] cat /etc/vmware/.buildInfo GITHASH:0 CHANGE:5045323 BRANCH:vsphere65ep2 UID:201 VMTREE:/build/mts/release/bora-5310538/bora VMBLD:release BUILDTAG:gobuild BUILDNUMBER:5310538 [root@ESXi:~]