Although not officially supported, there have been reports of success using myDAQ with macOS using macOS Boot Camp and Virtual Machines (VM)
Using the Mac OS Boot Camp application to run Microsoft Windows on a Mac Computer
To run Microsoft Windows on your Mac computer that supports the macOS Boot Camp application and a licensed copy of the Microsoft Windows operating system. By running Windows using Boot Camp, you will be running the operating system natively on your computer, rather than inside a VM.
To install Microsoft Windows to your Mac computer and set up your NI myDAQ on your Mac, follow these steps;
- Follow the instructions from Apple for installing Boot Camp and Windows. These instructions and other Boot Camp resources can be found on Apple's web site at: Apple - Support - Boot Camp.
- Follow the installation instructions for setting up your NI myDAQ.
Using VM environments to run Windows on a Mac Computer
Some VM environments can be used to run Windows for a myDAQ on a Mac. These VMs include: Parallels, VMWare Fusion, and Virtual Box.Note:
NI testing with these VM environments have shown some performance limitations. This is mainly due to the emulation layer of USB and the amount of traffic between the VM and macOS. These limitations may include:
- Hardware timed analog inputs may experience buffer overflows at high rates of speed on the myDAQ
- Hardware timed analog outputs may experience buffer underflows or failure to write data.
- Software timed I/O may experience a delay between request and read/write.
For more information on NI hardware with VMs, see Are NI Products Supported on Virtual Machines (VMs)