Download NI Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX)

Updated Dec 12, 2019

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Software

  • Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX)

Issue Details

How do I download, upgrade, or downgrade NI's Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX)?

I need to use it with my hardware or the version I have is corrupted.

Solution

Measurement and Automation Explorer (MAX) cannot be downloaded by itself. It is included with all National Instruments drivers (NI-VISA, NI-DAQmx etc.) and the Ni System Configuration Full package. 
  • Download/Upgrade: Install device driver or Systems Configuration
    1. Confirm what you need:
      • NI Driver: In order to see most NI devices in MAX, interact with the device, or use its API, you will need to have its associated NI device driver installed.
        • Install the compatible device driver(s) for your device:
          1. Install your correct driver version from NI Driver Downloads
          2. Confirm that the device, computer operating system, and software are supported by the driver version.
          3. Check the Hardware Readme, manual, or getting started guide for your device to identify what driver you need.
      • NI System Configuration: Install the Full version if you not not need to interact with your device in MAX or use its API. For example, installing SW on a RIO using the online IPK installer that does not require the device drivers to be installed on the host PC.
        • Note: Confirm compatibility with your Operating system by looking at the Supported OS drop-down on the right of the download page for the version you are installing or the version Readme
    2. Verify you have NI MAX installed on your computer:
      • Search for NI Max on your computer
      • Check for the folder in your C: Drive: C:\Program Files (x86)\National Instruments\MAX\NIMax 
Note: As you install and upgrade other NI software like LabVIEW, or other NI device drivers, your version of NI MAX will be upgraded if the installer contains a higher version. However, higher versions of NI MAX will always support lower versions of your NI device drivers.
  • Downgrade: There is not a way to downgrade NI MAX as it will be upgraded if the NI software installer contains a higher version. Higher versions of NI MAX will always support lower versions of your NI device drivers.
  • Corruption: If you suspect corruption, follow the Upgrade information above or one of the following. Note: If using either of the following options, any information stored in NI MAX will be lost