How Can I Use My NI DAQ Hardware Without LabVIEW?

Updated Mar 30, 2023

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  • DAQExpress

Issue Details

I want to start acquiring data but I do not have a license to LabVIEW. I want to start using my hardware in the easiest way possible.


DAQExpress allows you to quickly configure your measurement across multiple channels and instantly view, explore, and save data without needing to write code or build a user interface. You can use DAQExpress to acquire data from sensors, generate output signals, do digital I/O, and read from counters and encoders.

DAQExpress is only supported on 64-bit versions of Windows, and can be installed from the NI-DAQmx Driver DVD included with supported DAQ hardware, or through the NI Package Manager .

You can also use the Test Panels in Measurement & Automation Explorer  to perform a simple test. 

Additional Information

Logging in with your NI account provides full functionality from the software free of interruption if you are connected to the Internet. If you disconnect from the Internet, you can continue to use DAQExpress free for three months, after which you will be required to restore your Internet connection and log in again.