4 Replies Latest reply on Nov 20, 2015 2:25 PM by pelleasdaphnis

    Get templates by vSphere tag name

    pelleasdaphnis Novice

      What's the shortest, most direct call to get a list of templates by a given vSphere tag applied to them? With VMs it's easy with "Get-VM -Tag <my_tag>", but there's not a similar way with templates.

        • 1. Re: Get templates by vSphere tag name
          DZ1 Hot Shot

          You could pull them if they are in the same tag category.  Get-TagAssignment -Category 'Your category'.  Assuming all the templates are in the 'Your category' category, you would pull all of them. 

          • 2. Re: Get templates by vSphere tag name
            pelleasdaphnis Novice

            There would be multiple tags in this category, plus running this cmdlet returns objects only.

            • 3. Re: Get templates by vSphere tag name
              TheCrazyConsultant Enthusiast


              There is no direct call.


              TAG in the web client are not available in the standard API.

              In others words the PowerCLI team has done a great job with get-vm and the parameter “TAG” which is very convenient.


              Create a feature request and ask the PowerCLI team to add “TAG” as a parameter to the get-template cmdlet.



              I have created this function as a dirty workaround.


              function Get-TemplateWithTag{





                  $AllTemplatesAndTag = get-template | foreach {($MyTemplate = $_)} | get-tagassignment | select-object @{name="Template";Expression={$MyTemplate}}, @{name="TagName";Expression={$_.tag.Name}},@{name="TagCategory";Expression={$_.tag.Category}}


                  $AllTemplateWithDuplicate = $AllTemplatesAndTag | foreach-object{

                          if ($TagNameArray -contains $_.TagName){





                  $AllTemplateWithoutDuplicate = $AllTemplateWithDuplicate | get-unique





              $TagNameArray = "VM Level","Datacenter01"


              Get-TemplateWithTag -TagNameArray $TagNameArray


              The output will be one or many Template objects. Only one template will be reported even if one template is associated to multiples tag name in the $TagNameArray


              I am not using TAG object as a parameter.
              It should be possible but in that case it will be necessary to check against TagName and TagCategory.

              It is a workaround so i keep it simple.

              Known limitation, it will not work well with a tag with an identical name in two separate category.


              In my testlab i have the following tags:

              Category Name

              Location Datacenter01

              Backup VM level

              • 4. Re: Get templates by vSphere tag name
                pelleasdaphnis Novice

                That's great, thanks for your efforts, TheCrazyConsultant! I have put in a request with Alan and the PowerCLI powers that be, and I will be looking at your function more closely over the weekend.