Finding the Right Driver for NI DAQ Devices

Updated Mar 26, 2019

Reported In


  • CompactDAQ Chassis
  • Multifunction I/O Device


  • LabVIEW


  • NI-DAQmx

Issue Details

I need to install a driver for NI hardware, because:
  • I have recently purchased a USB, cDAQ, PCI, or PXI device from National Instruments and am currently setting it up.
  • My device does not show up as connected to my computer.


All National Instruments DAQ devices require the NI-DAQmx driver, which can be found online at NI-DAQmx
NI recommends downloading the latest NI-DAQmx driver that is compatible with your operating system, software, and hardware. Drivers must also be downloaded following the correct installation order to function properly.

Additional Information

OS Compatibility

Software Compatibility

  • NI-DAQmx and LabVIEW Compatibility  ​
  • For other software programs, such as TestStand, SignalExpress, or DAQExpress, see the corresponding software readme for compatibility information.

Hardware Compatibility

For the most accurate and up-to-date information, check the NI-DAQmx readmes to see which devices are supported by each version. 

Other Drivers

Most devices only require NI-DAQmx. To see if other drivers are required for a particular device, reference the getting started guide for that device.


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