FPGA and Real-Time Targets Show as "Unsupported Item" in Project Explorer

Updated Sep 19, 2019

Reported In


  • LabVIEW FPGA Module
  • LabVIEW Real-Time Module
  • LabVIEW Base
  • LabVIEW Full
  • LabVIEW Professional


  • NI-RIO

Issue Details

I am opening a project in LabVIEW and there is an exclamation mark next to my Real-Time or FPGA target. If I right click and choose Explain Warning, this error is thrown:
Unsupported Item. LabVIEW currently cannot load the the selected item. 
The required module, driver, or plug-in either is not installed or has an expired license. 
Ask the creator of the item or its project what software it requires. Contact NI for help identifying the software.



Make sure you have Real-Time and FPGA module installed for the version of LabVIEW you are using to open the project and that they are licensed. You can check this using the NI License Manager.  


You should also make sure that you have the correct device driver for your target. You can find this in the user manual for your device.

LabVIEW should be installed first, followed by the FPGA and Real-Time modules, and finally the device driver package.  The system should also be rebooted after all software is installed.

Additional Information

If the error persists, it is likely due to trying to open the project with a 64-bit version of LabVIEW rather than the 32-bit version. LabVIEW Real-Time is only compatible with the 32-bit version of LabVIEW. You can see what version you have in LabVIEW by navigating to Help>>About LabVIEW.

As of LabVIEW 2018 there is a 64-bit version of the LabVIEW FPGA Module. However, the 64-bit version of the FPGA Module 2018 only supports a subset of the hardware  supported in the 32-bit version of the module.

Both 64-bit and 32-bit versions of LabVIEW of the same year can be installed at the same time. If you do not have the 32-bit version installed, you can install it without uninstalling the 64-bit version. However, if you have to install the 32-bit version, you may have to reinstall Real-Time and FPGA so that those components are associated with 32-bit LabVIEW.​