NI roboRIO Use Outside of FIRST Robotics Competition

Updated Sep 5, 2023

Reported In


  • roboRIO

Issue Details

Can I use the NI roboRIO if I am not part of the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC)?  If so, what software do I need to use it?


The roboRIO is used in the FIRST Robotics Competition, but its use is not limited to FRC.  It has a wide range of uses in controls and mechatronics industry applications as well.  Your roboRIO should come with the roboRIO software bundle that contains the required and optional software for the roboRIO.  Below are the necessary and optional software for use with the roboRIO.

Required Software


Optional Software

  • LabVIEW Control Design and Simulation Module
    • Control Design Assistant
    • System Identification Assistant
  • LabVIEW FPGA Module
  • LabVIEW MathScript RT Module
  • LabVIEW Robotics Module for LabRIO
  • Compilation Tools for Vivado
  • VI Package Manager
  • Vision Acquisition Software
  • Vision Development Module

Additional Information

The FRC software for the roboRIO is specific to FRC hardware.  If you are in FRC, you must use the FRC software in the FRC Update Suite to compete in FRC events. If you are not in FRC, you should use the software provided in the roboRIO software bundle