Where to Download NI-SoftMotion or NI-Motion for LabVIEW 2019 and Onwards

Updated Oct 27, 2020

Reported In

Software

  • LabVIEW SoftMotion Module

Driver

  • NI-Motion

Issue Details

  • Where can I find the NI-SoftMotion module or the NI-Motion driver for LabVIEW versions later than 2018? 
  • Where can I find the newest NI-Motion driver and module?

Solution

If you require the LabVIEW SoftMotion Module for your application, the latest version available is the LabVIEW SoftMotion Module 2020. NI did not release a 2019 version of the LabVIEW SoftMotion Module. 

If you require the NI-Motion driver for your application, the latest version released by NI is NI-Motion 18.0

The NI-Motion 18.0 readme states that it supports LabVIEW 2015 or later. However, this should be interpreted as 2015 or later up until the publish date of NI-Motion 18.0. In other words, NI-Motion is compatible with LabVIEW 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. There will not be any new releases of the NI-Motion driver after 18.0.

Additional Information

If you are designing a complex motion system, NI recommends considering an NI Alliance Partner or other third-party motion integrators to better assess application needs and solutions. Some possible alternatives are listed below.

Recommended Alternatives

  • Use third-party controllers that can interface with NI products via serial or ethernet:
    • Serial control with a LabVIEW API
    • Serial control without a LabVIEW API
  • Use NI digital I/O C Series modules and create all motion control code in FPGA
  • Use EtherCAT drives with the NI Industrial Communications for EtherCAT driver instead of SoftMotion. This method would use the controller's EtherCAT command set to program the controller rather than SoftMotion axis and commands.