LabVIEW Remote Front Panel Alternative Without NPAPI

Updated Sep 22, 2021

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Software

  • LabVIEW NXG Web Module
  • LabVIEW
  • LabVIEW NXG

Issue Details

I want to use LabVIEW Remote Front Panels so that I can create a VI in LabVIEW and interact with it through a web browser.  However, the technologies required to use LabVIEW Remote Front Panel, Netscape Plugin Application Programming Interface (NPAPI), requires me to use Internet Explorer as the plugin support has been dropped from other browsers.  I want to be able to use other browsers besides Internet Explorer to interact with my VI in the web.  What are my options?

Solution

G Web Development Software is a programming environment that you can use to create web applications (WebVIs) for your test and measurement applications with graphical programming. WebVIs are built on the standard web browser technologies such as HTML5, Javascript, and CSS; WebVIs are able to be deployed and then accessed from any web browser that supports those protocols. You can run applications created by G Web Development Software without plug-ins or installers in any modern web browser.

You could also create the web front end from scratch (what is done for you in LabVIEW WebVIs) if you are comfortable working with HTML, Javascript, and CSS.  It may be worth looking at the Getting Started Series | Simple JavaScript and HTML with LabVIEW Web Services to get a feel for what is required to tie things together if you decide to go this route. 

Additional Information

WebVIs are included in the LabVIEW NXG Web Module, which also supplies the Skyline API that allows for easier data communications between your WebVI and other parts of your application.