Activate Older Versions of NI Software with NI Volume License Manager

Updated Oct 26, 2020



  • NI License Manager
  • Volume License Manager

I am using an older version of software than what my volume license file specifies in NI Volume License Manager.
  • Will I need a separate license to activate the older version?
  • Will I be able to continue using my software after installing a disconnected or home license generated from the license in NI Volume License Manager, even if it is legacy or unsupported? 
  • Are disconnected licenses backwards compatible?

Licenses granted by NI Volume License Manager are backwards compatible with previous versions of National Instruments Software. This is also true for disconnected or home licenses. Being granted a disconnected or home license for a specific NI software version, allows access to all previous versions.

For example, if your volume license says LabVIEW 2018, you will also be able to activate any previous version of LabVIEW with this one seat of the license.

Additional Information

You are only able to generate disconnected or home licenses in NI Volume License Manager. This functionality is not available when using FlexNet Publisher license manager software. In this case, you will need to borrow the license as described in FLEXnet BORROW in LMTOOLS for NI Volume License Agreements