A system must have all required application dependencies and their corresponding versions. When using NI hardware, the required drivers must be installed. Example dependencies include LabVIEW Run-Time, NI-DAQmx, and NI-VISA. For maximum compatibility, distributions should be compiled on the same operating system they are being deployed on.
One way to make sure we have all the required dependencies is to create an installer to deploy additional software such as hardware drivers and 3rd party software.
The following components are needed to run the LabVIEW executable on a deployment pc:
1. LabVIEW Run-Time Engine:
2. NI Toolkits:
3. NI Drivers:
- Regardless of the nature of your executable, you will need to have the LabVIEW Run-Time Engine installed on your target computer.
- The Run-Time Engine version needs to match the version of LabVIEW that the executable was built in. Starting in 2017, LabVIEW supports backward compatibility for the LabVIEW Run-Time Engine by allowing versions of LabVIEW later than 2017 to load binaries and VIs built with LabVIEW 2017 without recompiling. In order to configure your LabVIEW application to run with a higher version of the Run-Time Engine follow the steps in this article: Configure LabVIEW Executable to Run with Higher Run-Time Engine Versions.
- You can deploy the Run-Time Engine by using a LabVIEW custom installer or by downloading it from our website.
4. Third-Party Software:
- If your executable utilizes any NI hardware, you will need to install the necessary drivers which can be downloaded from our website or you can deploy them by creating a LabVIEW custom installer.
- If you are using third-party software with your LabVIEW application, then you need to deploy all the necessary files and dependencies. You can do this by manually copying the necessary files and running the installers from the third-party providers or you can automate the process by including the files or drivers into the LabVIEW custom installer. You can do this by following the instructions in this article: Including Third-Party Installers and Drivers in a LabVIEW Installer.
- Note: If you are using a toolkit installed with the JKI VI Package Manager make sure to deploy all the dependencies as instructed by the 3rd party software provider. If you run into issues because of missing dependencies, please check the manufacturer's documentation or contact their technical support for further instructions. If the software provider does not include any additional instructions make sure to include DLLs and files installed by the toolkit in the distribution.