What Do I Need to Build a Stand-Alone Application Using LabVIEW?

Updated Mar 29, 2019

Reported In


  • LabVIEW Application Builder Module
  • LabVIEW

Issue Details

  • I need to build a LabVIEW application and distribute it to various computers. Can I build a stand-alone executable from my VIs?
  • I believe I should be able to build applications with my version of LabVIEW, but when I try creating a new application from Build Specifications in my project, I'm unable to do so. How do I enable this feature?
  • Do I need Application Builder to build a LabVIEW executable?


In order to build an application (i.e., create a stand-alone executable) from your LabVIEW VIs, you must have the Application Builder add-on. The LabVIEW Professional Development Systems ships with the Application Builder, but you must purchase the Application Builder separately if you have one of the other LabVIEW packages (Full Development System or Base Package).

To confirm that you have a licensed copy of Application Builder, open NI License Manager and under modules, look for a green colored square on the left of Application Builder as shown below:

If you do not see a green icon next to Application Builder and believe you should have access to this feature you can right click on it and select Activate.

If you are unable to activate it, check the NI Product Activation page to try generating an activation code for LabVIEW Application Builder using your serial number.

See the Related Links section for more detailed information on what the Application Builder module is and how to build an executable with the LabVIEW Application Builder.


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