Reduce The Size Of The LabVIEW Run-Time Engine

Updated Nov 6, 2023

Reported In


  • LabVIEW
  • LabVIEW Run-Time Engine

Issue Details

I want to distribute the installer for the the LabVIEW Run-Time Engine (RTE), and I would like to make it smaller.

Why is the size of my installer so large, if I am just including the LabVIEW Run-Time? How do I reduce it?


You can select which options of the Run-Time Engine you want to include in your distribution in the Additional Installers category of the Installer's properties dialog box. We recommend including the full LabVIEW Run-Time Engine as it is marked by default.

Additional Information

Unfortunately, it is not possible to make the RTE any smaller than it is. We have broken down the installers for our various software packages as much as possible. For example, if you are creating an installer and select to install only the LabVIEW Run-Time Engine (ie. no other drivers like NI-DAQmx, NI-488.2, etc)

The download for the full LabVIEW 2017 run-time engine is 356.12 MB. There is a smaller version that is available for download but it also has limited functionality. It is intended for viewing Remote Front Panels in web pages. It does not contain the full run-time engine, but will allow some executables to run.

An application built in a specific version of LabVIEW must have the corresponding version of the RTE.  Multiple versions of the RTE can be installed simultaneously, and all are freely distributed.  Please see Drivers and Updates: LabVIEW Run-Time Engine to find the correct run-time engine for your application.