Unable to Add FPGA Target in My LabVIEW Project Explorer

Updated May 11, 2021

Reported In


  • LabVIEW FPGA Module

Issue Details

  • I am not able to add my FPGA target in Project Explorer. Why is this happening, and what can I do to fix it?
  • My RT target can't see the FPGA target in LabVIEW. How do I fix this?


There are a number of potential sources of error. Here are some possible solutions to the issue:
  • Make sure the LabVIEW FPGA Module is installed, and is compatible with the version of LabVIEW you are using. For example, if you are using LabVIEW 2017 SP1, you should use the LabVIEW FPGA Module 2017 SP1.
  • Make sure the LabVIEW FPGA Module is activated in NI License Manager. Refer to this article to activate your software product.
  • Make sure you have appropriate hardware drivers installed. For example, a cRIO requires the NI-RIO driver. Check the getting started manual of the hardware to determine the appropriate driver. You can search for and install the drivers from here. Also make sure you choose a version of the driver compatible with your version of LabVIEW. You can check this in the driver readme.
  • Make sure the hardware is supported in the version of the driver you are using. The readme of the driver will show all supported hardware.
  • If possible with your hardware, run NI Update Service on the computer you wish to add the FPGA target to. This should apply needed updates to the system.
  • Be sure you are clicking the correct position in the LabVIEW project hierarchy to add your target.  If for example, you try and add a cRIO's FPGA to the project while clicking under a Windows PC in the project, you will be unsuccessful. Refer to Adding FPGA Targets to a LabVIEW Project for detailed steps on adding a FPGA target.
  • If the LabVIEW FPGA Module is installed and licensed when experiencing this error, try force reinstalling the LabVIEW FPGA Module.
  • If you are using LabVIEW FPGA 64-Bit, make sure your hardware is supported.