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A Dissect module implementing a parser for the VMFS file system, used by VMware virtualization software.


dissect.vmfs is available on PyPI.

$ pip install dissect.vmfs

This module is also automatically installed if you install the dissect package.


This package is a library with no CLI tools, so you can only interact with it from Python. For example, to print a directory listing of the root directory and read a file:

from dissect.vmfs import LVM, VMFS

fh = open_vmfs_volume()  # i.e. using dissect.volume

lvm = LVM([fh])  # First open a VMFS LVM on one or more disks
fs = VMFS(lvm)  # Then open the filesystem on the LVM

file_fh = fs.get("/file.txt").open()  # This is just another file-like object


For more details, please refer to the API documentation of dissect.vmfs.