Graphical User Interface for PXI Instruments

Updated Jun 5, 2018

Reported In


  • PXI Chassis

Issue Details

I recently acquired a PXI instrument from National Instruments. I wanted to know if they have a graphical interface available to control the devices or if I can only use them in a programming language.


PXI devices can be operated with the NI-MAX Test Panels, To do this, just open NI-MAX and right click your  National Instruments device and select Test Panels... 

For products that are part of the Modular Instruments (power supplies, signal generators, oscilloscopes, switches, DMMs, SMUs) the driver comes with a Soft-Front Panel that can be opened through NI-MAX or as a stand alone application in Windows. For example, see below the DMM Soft Front Panel.

As well, National Instruments has release a new software called InstrumentStudio™ that offers an integrated environment for interactive configuration and measurements. See more in the link below.

What Is InstrumentStudio™?