Communicate with a DAQ Device Using SCPI Commands

Updated Jan 13, 2020

Reported In


  • CompactDAQ Chassis


  • NI-DAQmx

Issue Details

I have a DAQ device (cDAQ, USB, or PXI(e)) and I would like to communicate with it using low level VISA SCPI commands. Is this possible and is there a manual with the SCPI commands?


No, NI DAQ devices are not SCPI complaint. Instead, we have developed NI-DAQmx which is the driver needed to communicate with our National Instruments hardware. The NI-DAQmx driver can be used to program in LabVIEW, LabWindows/CVI, and Measurement Studio for Visual Studio .NET.

Note: It is possible to control your cDAQ with Python and DAQmx.