LabVIEW Load Error Code 9

Updated Jan 17, 2019

Reported In


  • LabVIEW

Issue Details

I get the following error message when I try to open a VI:
LabVIEW load error code 9: VI version is newer than LabVIEW version. 

What does this mean?


This error message occurs when you try to open a VI that was written in a version of LabVIEW that is newer than the version of LabVIEW that you are currently using. 

You will not be able to view a VI that is from a newer version of LabVIEW in an older version of LabVIEW. For example, if you download an example that was written in LabVIEW 2015 from our Example Programs Database and you try to open the VI in LabVIEW 2013 (or earlier), then you will see this error message.

However, starting with LabVIEW 5.1,You can save a VI for a version of LabVIEW that is at least one version older than your current version using the Save for Previous Version tool. (i.e. from LabVIEW 2015 to LabVIEW 2014).

This can be done from within LabVIEW by navigating to File » Save with Options » Save for Previous or, starting with LabVIEW 8.0, File » Save For Previous Version.
  • If you are using any features or objects that were not available in the version you are saving to, LabVIEW will be unable to save those back to that version and it may leave your VI un-executable.
  • If the error still occurs, confirm that the install of the LabVIEW version you want did not fail 

Additional Information

You may encounter a separate but related issue when trying to open a VI from an older version of LabVIEW in a newer version of LabVIEW. If LabVIEW is unable to open a VI saved in a much older version of LabVIEW, you will receive

error 1126 (0x466): VI version is too early to convert to the current LabVIEW version.

In this case, you may need to save the VI to an intermediate version before upgrading it to a newer version. Please visit Tutorial: How to Upgrade or Revert a VI to a Different Version of LabVIEW for more information on this error.