Accessing a Real-Time Program From a Device Without NI Software

Updated Dec 18, 2019

Reported In


  • CompactRIO Controller


  • LabVIEW
  • LabVIEW Real-Time Module

Issue Details

I have a real-time VI running on a cRIO, and I am controlling it using the LabVIEW front panel on my PC. I want to be able to access the front panel from another computer without NI software installed on it. Can I create an installer for my real-time VI? What are my options for accessing my program on another computer? 


Unlike PC VIs, you can't create an installer for a real-time VI since the real-time VI is already running on your cRIO. Here are some options for communicating with your cRIO from a computer without NI software.
  1. Create a stand-along application with a PC VI, and use this VI to control and monitor your cRIO program from your computer without NI software. Use Network-Published Shared Variables, which can be accessed by both the PC VI and real-time VI, to read and write to your cRIO. See Using the LabVIEW Shared Variable for more information and instructions on how to use shared variables. To run the PC VI on your computer without NI software, you must create a stand-alone application using the LabVIEW Application Builder. See Distributing Applications with the LabVIEW Application Builder for information and instructions.
  2. Use web publishing to create a remote front panel which you can access from a computer without NI software. See Configuring Remote Front Panels on a Real-Time Target for more information.