LabVIEW Installer Unable to Locate Run-Time Engine

Updated Jan 29, 2020

Reported In


  • LabVIEW
  • LabVIEW Run-Time Engine
  • LabVIEW Application Builder Module


  • NI-DAQmx

Issue Details

  • When I run my LabVIEW Installer that was built without errors, it runs very quickly and does not install the LabVIEW Run-Time Engine or any of the drivers that were selected to be included.
  • When I run my LabVIEW Installer I get an error stating "Unable to locate LabVIEW Run-Time Engine." However, I already downloaded the LabVIEW Run-Time Engine.
  • I am being asked to download the LabVIEW Run-Time Engine when I run my Installer but I already did.


If LabVIEW Run-Time Engine is not being installed correctly:

Ensure that the user account you are logged into has administrative privileges. This will allow for proper installation of all the drivers/associated files.
If the Installer is still not functioning properly right click the Installer and select "Run As Administrator".

If receiving an error that states "Unable to locate LabVIEW Run-Time Engine":

You may have an incorrect version of LabVIEW Run-Time Engine for your application.

To run a LabVIEW Application, the version of LabVIEW Run-Time Engine in the Installer must be the same version as the LabVIEW Development Environment that was used to create the Application.
Alternatively, Applications created in LabVIEW 2017 or newer can be configured to run with newer versions of LabVIEW Run-Time Engine. This setting can be enabled in the Advanced tab of the Application Properties window, as shown:

Note that this option is not available for Applications created in LabVIEW 2016 and older.