Can I Build an Application for a Previous Version of LabVIEW Run-Time?

Updated Jun 25, 2019

Reported In


  • LabVIEW
  • LabVIEW Run-Time Engine
  • LabVIEW Application Builder Module

Issue Details

I am using the newest version of LabVIEW on my computer and need to build an application for a computer that only has older versions of the LabVIEW Run-Time Engine. Is it possible to build an application for a previous version of the LabVIEW Run-Time Engine?


No. When an executable is built, the Run-Time Engine dependency is defined by the development environment used to create the executable. 

To enable you to build the necessary application, there are two routes forward:
1. The target PC will need the correct version of the Run-Time Engine. Versions of the LabVIEW Run-Time Engine are freely available for download online, either through the LabVIEW Download page or through individual download pages (example linked for LabVIEW Run-Time 2018).

2. The application will need to be built in the correct version of development environment. If your account has an active SSP subscription, you can download older versions of the LabVIEW Development Environment from the LabVIEW Download page. To convert your project to an older version of LabVIEW, see our KnowledgeBase article: Revert LabVIEW Files to a Previous Version.


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