VMware vSphere Integrated Containers – Part 2 – Install VIC Engine


In my previous post on vSphere Integrated Containers Part 1, we looked at the over of the vSphere Integrated Containers, what are the three components that make up the vSphere Integrated Containers.

In this post, we will look at how to download and install the vSphere Integrated Containers Engine. For this, I will be using a VM running Photon OS.

There are a couple of ways, that you can install VIC Engine:

Method 1: Pull the source code from GitHub

Make sure that you have installed git already on the Ubuntu machine. If not, you can the below commands to install git on the Photon machine.

You will also need to have docker service enabled on the Photon machine for this method. You can start the docker service by typing:

systemctl start docker

Run the below command to pull the source code from GitHub.com

git clone https://github.com/vmware/vic

VMware vSphere Integrated Containers - Part 2 - Install VIC Engine

Once downloaded, go to the “vic” directory by typing:

cd vic

To build the binaries, type:

docker run -v $(pwd):/go/src/github.com/vmware/vic -w /go/src/github.com/vmware/vic golang:1.8 make all

You can cd into “bin” and see if the binaries are present.

Method 2: Downloading the VIC binaries

The VIC binaries are available at the following website.


Click on the latest build available, in my case it was 9735 and right-click to copy the link address

VMware vSphere Integrated Containers - Part 2 - Install VIC Engine

Type the below command to download the tar.gz file from the Photon OS.

wget https://bintray.com/vmware/vic-repo/download_file?file_path=vic_9735.tar.gz

Once the file download is complete, go ahead with uncompressing the zipped file using the command.

tar -xvzf download_file\?file_path\=vic_9735.tar.gz

Once uncomprsessed, cd into “vic” and list the files to see the binaries.

VMware vSphere Integrated Containers - Part 2 - Install VIC Engine



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I am Adil Arif, working as a Technical Support Engineer at VMware as well as an independent blogger and founder of Enterprise Daddy. In my current role, I am supporting infrastructure related to Windows and VMware datacenters.

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