Mellanox OFED InfiniBand Driver for VMware® ESXi Server

InfiniBand adapter support package for VMware Virtual Infrastructure is comprised of VMware ESXi Server 5.0/6.0 management software.

The Mellanox driver implementation within the VMware Virtual Infrastructure is based on vmklinux, which includes VMware ESXi Server 5.0/6.0. The framework follows the software-based I/O virtualization model and implements Mellanox Virtual-IQ technology. By doing so, all critical advantages provided by VMware are preserved while bringing in the benefits of unified I/O and higher performance.

The software package includes binary RPMs for enabling networking and storage (SAN) support from VMware based virtual machines.


View the matrix of VMware VPI/InfiniBand driver versions vs. the supported hardware and firmware for Mellanox products.

NOTE: For InifiniBand support on ESXi 5.5 and above, please contact Mellanox Support (support@mellanox.com).


Also visit VMware Infrastructure's product page and download page and the VMware vSphere™ product page and download page.



  • LAN and SAN functionality is available over unified server I/O using high bandwidth InfiniBand connectivity. This reduces cabling complexity and reduces I/O cost (50-60%) and power (25-30%) significantly
  • LAN performance (from VMs) of close to 8X Gigabit Ethernet has been achieved
  • LAN and SAN performance scales linearly across multiple VMs
  • Ability to expose multiple network and storage adapters over a single physical InfiniBand port allowing the same 'look and feel' of traditional storage and network devices
  • Completely transparent to VMs as applications in VMs continue to work over legacy NIC and HBA interfaces that have been already qualified on
  • All VMware functionality including migration, high availability and others are available over the InfiniBand fabric
  • All VMware ESXi Server supported guest operating systems are supported
  • Management and configuration using VMware VirtualCenter maintains the look an feel of configuring NICs and HBAs, making it easier for IT managers to configure the allocation and management of LAN and SAN resources over InfiniBand

Mellanox OFED Driver for VMware® ESXi Server

Mellanox OFED Driver for VMware® ESXi Server
Driver Version ESXi Server Release Date
MLNX-OFED ESX Driver for VMware ESX/ESXi 6.0 2.4.0 MLNX-OFED-ESX-2.4.0.0-10EM-600.0.0.2494585.zip 1-Feb-16
MLNX-OFED ESX Driver for VMware ESX/ESXi 5.5 MLNX-OFED-ESX-2.4.0.0-10EM-550.0.0.1331820.zip 1-Feb-16
MLNX-OFED ESX Driver for VMware ESX/ESXi 5.5 2.3.3.1 VMware site 30-Mar-16
MLNX-OFED ESX Driver for VMware ESX/ESXi 5.5 1.8.2.4 Note: To obtain the driver for ESXi 5.X v1.8.2.4, please contact support@mellanox.com. 29-Oct-14

NOTE: Please be advised that Mellanox Technologies has qualified only the official major updates released by VMware. For further information, please contact support@mellanox.com.


  • For the HCL click here. Please note that the HCL includes all the supported Mellanox VPI controller PCI Express Device IDs (DIDs). Hence, any Mellanox adapter card with a supported VPI controller is supported as well.
  • For the list of Mellanox IB/VPI cards and their PCI Device IDs, click here
  • For the list of IB OFED Driver for VMware ESX 3.5 and 4.x, see the Archive Tab

Mellanox OFED Driver for VMware® ESXi Server

Mellanox OFED Driver for VMware® ESXi Server
Driver Version ESXi Server Documents
MLNX-OFED ESXi 5.X Driver 1.8.2.0 MLNX-OFED-ESX-1.8.2.0 Documentation Set
1.8.1.0 MLNX-OFED-ESX-1.8.1.0 Documentation Set
1.8.0.0 MLNX-OFED-ESX-1.8.0.0 (Builds: 469512 & 623860) -
IB OFED Driver for VMware ESX/ESXi 4.0 1.4.1-222 IB OFED Drivers v1.4.1-222 for vSphere 4.0
U0 (Build: 164009) and U1 (Build: 208167)
Note: For VMware ESX 4.1 support, please contact support@mellanox.com.
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1.4.1-2.0.000

IB OFED Driver v1.4.1-2.0.000 for ESX/ESXi 4.0
(Build: 164009)

Documentation Set
IB OFED Driver v1.4.1-2.0.000 for ESX/ESXi 4.0 U1
(Build: 241301)
IB OFED Driver v1.4.1-2.0.000 for ESX/ESXi 4.0 U2
(Build: 261974)
IB OFED Driver v1.4.1-2.0.000 for ESX/ESXi 4.1
(Build: 260247)
IB OFED Driver v1.4.1-2.0.000 for ESX/ESXi 4.1 U1
(Build: 348481)
  Download ESX 4.x Patch -
IB OFED Driver for VMware ESX 3.5 1.2.0 IB OFED v1.2.0 for ESX 3.5
(Build: 64607)
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IB OFED v1.2.0 for ESX 3.5 U1
(Build: 82663)
IB OFED v1.2.0 for ESX 3.5 U2
(Build: 110268)
IB OFED v1.2.0 for ESX 3.5 U3
(Build: 123630)
IB OFED v1.2.0 for ESX 3.5 U4
(Build: 153875)

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