Where Does LabVIEW Store Configuration Settings?

Updated Jan 10, 2020

Reported In


  • LabVIEW

Operating System

  • Windows
  • Mac OS X
  • Linux

Issue Details

  • I want to upgrade LabVIEW but I don't want to lose all of my configuration settings.
  • I need to move to a different computer and want to transfer my LabVIEW settings.
  • I want to restore LabVIEW's development environment to default settings.
  • I was asked to change my LabVIEW.ini file. Where can I find this file on Windows, or its counterpart on OS X or Linux?


The configuration file's name and location differ depending on the operating system you are using:
  • Windows 10 and earlier: The LabVIEW.ini file can be found in the directory that LabVIEW was installed in. By default, for 32-bit editions of LabVIEW, that is C:\Program Files (x86)\National Instruments\LabVIEW 20xx\. For 64-bit editions, it is C:\Program Files\National Instruments\LabVIEW 20xx\. Change "xx" to the actual version you are using. Alternatively, you can search for "LabVIEW.ini" using Windows' search function.
  • Mac OS X: Environment options are stored in the LabVIEW Preferences.txt file located in the System: Preferences folder. 
  • Linux: Default and system-wide settings are stored in the program directory. This directory is where you installed LabVIEW and can vary by Linux distribution. The settings are stored in the labviewrc file. Specific settings for a given user are stored in the user's home directory as .labviewrc.
By deleting the configuration file, you can reset LabVIEW's development environment's settings.

Additional Information

Most configuration settings are stored in LabVIEW's configuration file. Copy this file from one to an other LabVIEW installation to transfer the settings. This can be done between different versions of LabVIEW, as well as between installations on different computers. Not all current options exist in older versions of LabVIEW. LabVIEW will ignore unknown options.