How to Download Measurement & Automation Explorer (NI-MAX)

Updated Feb 18, 2019

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  • Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX)
  • System Configuration

Issue Details

  • How do I download NI Measurement & Automation Explorer (NI MAX)?
  • I want to download and install NI-MAX, but I cannot find the file anywhere. Where can I find this software?


NI MAX cannot be downloaded by itself. It is included with all National Instruments drivers (NI-VISA, NI-DAQmx, etc.), and in the NI System Configuration Full package. The NI System Configuration Full package contains NI MAX, the System Configuration API, and the NI Network Browser. It is the closest to a direct download for MAX. You will need the full version instead of the NI System Configuration Run-Time download.

Installing the latest version of any driver or NI System Configuration will automatically install the latest version of NI MAX. You can download earlier versions of MAX by downloading the driver associated with it. Check Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX) Version Installed with NI-DAQmx Drivers to determine which version of NI-DAQmx to download to get a specific version of NI-MAX.

Your computer will default to using the most recent version of NI-MAX installed. If you need to use a previous version of NI-MAX, you will need to uninstall more recent drivers from your computer.


Additional Information

Before upgrading any drivers or the System Configuration API, make sure your hardware and software stack are compatible with the new version. This information can usually be found in the new software's readme file, and sometimes in other convenient charts like NI-DAQmx and LabVIEW Compatibility.


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