How Can I Simulate a GPIB Device in LabVIEW

Updated Apr 6, 2018

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  • GPIB Instrument Control Device


  • Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX)

Issue Details

  • I am using a 3rd party device that connects over GPIB, but do not have access to it all the time. How can I simulate this device in order to test my LabVIEW code. 
  • I want to develop an application that will control my GPIB instrument. I have written data acquisition applications in the past, and have tested them using simulated devices in Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX). How do I simulate a GPIB interface using National Instruments software?


It is not possible to simulate a GPIB interface in MAX, but it is possible to simulate instruments using IVI drivers. In order to achieve this you will need to Configure an IVI System In Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX)

In order to simulate a device, you can specify this in the General tab in MAX as seen below and in step 6 of the above article: 


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