Program NI-XNET Devices in Linux Desktop Operating System

Updated Nov 22, 2023

Reported In


  • USB-8502
  • USB-8506
  • PCI-8511
  • PCI-8512
  • PCI-8513
  • PCI-8516
  • PCI-8517
  • PCIe-8510
  • PXI-8511
  • PXI-8512
  • PXI-8513
  • PXI-8516
  • PXI-8517
  • PXIe-8510



Operating System

  • Linux

Issue Details

  • I have a USB-8502/8506 and want to use them with a machine using Linux desktop operating system.
  • I have a PXI system that is running a Linux desktop distribution (CentOS, Red Hat, Ubuntu, Scientific), and would like to add a CAN/LIN card that uses NI-XNET.
  • Can I program NI-XNET in a Linux machine?


The NI-XNET driver does not support Linux Desktop distributions. You can't program, nor use cards that are supported by this driver in a Linux desktop operating system.

Additional Information

NI-XNET does work with PharLap, NI Linux Real Time, and VxWorks. The exception to this is that the USB-8502/8506 only work on Windows Operating Systems (including Windows Embedded 7). You can use your CompactRIO, CompactDAQ, and PXI systems to interface with cards that use this driver.