Create and Edit VI Buttons in TestStand are Disabled

Updated Dec 5, 2019

Reported In


  • TestStand
  • LabVIEW

Issue Details

When adding a LabVIEW Step in TestStand, my Create LabVIEW ProjectEdit LabVIEW ProjectEdit VI and Create VI steps are disabled and grayed out. If I hover my mouse over any of these, I get the message "Requires LabVIEW Development System" despite the fact I have the LabVIEW Development System installed.


There are two possible causes for this situation:
  1. The PC/laptop doesn't have the LabVIEW Development System installed. You must have the LabVIEW Development System installed on your machine to create and/or edit an LabVIEW VI.
  2. If I have the LabVIEW Development Syetem installed, you need to ensure you have configured LabVIEW adapter to use LabVIEW Development System.
To configured LabVIEW adapter to use LabVIEW Development System, please follow the steps:
  • Open the Adapter Configuration window by going to Configuration > Adapters..., keep the Selected option ticked for LabVIEW and click Configure... button to open the LabVIEW Adapter Configuration window.
  • Check the LabVIEW Development System option and choose the correct version for the VI, e.g. 2018 (18.0)(32-bit).

Additional Information

TestStand is not able to open LabVIEW code natively so it uses an adapter to open LabVIEW code. By default, TestStand uses the LabVIEW Run-Time Engine as its adapter which is not able to create or edit VI's. The development system has this functionality, so by using this as the LabVIEW adapter the buttons become available.