Communicating With FLIR Infrared Cameras in LabVIEW

Updated Dec 20, 2023

Reported In


  • LabVIEW
  • Vision Development Module


  • Vision Acquisition Software

Issue Details

I am developing an application in LabVIEW and I would like to acquire images from a FLIR infrared camera. Are there any drivers or add-ons that I can use within LabVIEW?


For newer applications, we recommend using NI-IMAQdx as part of Vision Acquisition Software (VAS) for customers using GigE Vision cameras and the Vision Development Module

The NI-IMAQdx driver software is needed to use third-party image acquisition devices which use the following buses and standards: 
  • Gigabit Ethernet Cameras Supporting GigE Vision
  • Camera Link
FLIR has some Example Projects that can help users get started with their cameras. 

Additional Information

For additional support and questions about FLIR Infrared Camera's attributes, reach out to FLIR Support.

The IMAQdx API is a licensed product, and the associated IMAQdx VIs will not be visible within LabVIEW if the Vision Acquisition Software (VAS) has not been activated and the trial period has expired. Note that the NI-IMAQ driver (used for NI Camera Link frame grabbers only) is not a licensed product and does not need to be activated.

NI Vision Acquisition Software (VAS) is the National Instruments driver software used for acquiring, displaying, logging, and monitoring images from a wide range of different camera types. Installing these drivers results in added function palettes in the LabVIEW development environment corresponding to each subset of the driver API.