Do LabVIEW Executables Need a License?

Updated Jan 25, 2019

Reported In


  • LabVIEW
  • LabVIEW Professional
  • LabVIEW Application Builder Module

Issue Details

I have built a LabVIEW stand-alone application (executable) and wish to distribute/deploy it to other computers that do not have LabVIEW installed. Do I need a license for these executables?


You do not need a license to distribute/deploy and run these executables in other computers. You may create as many applications and distribute to as many computers as you wish, as long as you have a LabVIEW Application Builder Add-on license or a LabVIEW Professional license on your development computer.

Additional Information

Make sure the deployment PC has the LabVIEW Run-Time Engine version installed that matches the LabVIEW version you developed your executable with. The appropriate Run-Time Engine installer can be found on your development machine or downloaded from  

If your software includes certain LabVIEW add-on products, you may be prompted for a license for these products when you deploy and run your executable. Examples include applications that use the NI Vision Development Module (requires the NI Vision Run-time Engine license ) or the LabVIEW Datalogging and Supervisory Control Module (requires the LabVIEW DSC Runtime System license).  A full list of deployment and debug licenses is available on


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