How Can I Install LabVIEW Runtime Engine?

Updated Feb 4, 2020

Reported In


  • LabVIEW Runtime

Issue Details

I need to install LabVIEW Runtime Engine. How can I do this?


There are four methods to download and install the LabVIEW Runtime Engine:

Method 1
LabVIEW Runtime Engine can be downloaded from the National Instruments website, this can be found at the LabVIEW Download page.
  1. Click the Runtime option as shown below.
  2. Click Download. Runtime will now start to download. 

Method 2

You can download from the National Instruments website by using the offline installer. This can be found at the LabVIEW Download page.

  1. Click the Runtime option as shown below.
  2. Click the Offline Installer located in the Note section.
  1. The following page will pop up. Click Download to start downloading Runtime. 

Method 3
LabVIEW Runtime can also be downloaded from NI Package Manager. If NI Package Manager is not installed on the computer, then it can be downloaded from here   
  1. Open NI Package Manger and search for LabVIEW Runtime. This will bring up the screen shown below. Click on LabVIEW Runtime as highlighted below. 

  1. Select the required Version and Bitness then Click the Install button. This will start installing LabVIEW Runtime. 

Method 4
With the LabVIEW Professional Development System, use the Application Builder in a LabVIEW Project to create an installer file. Right Click Build Specifications and select New >> Installer. After bundling an executable in the Source Files category, navigate to the Additional Installers category. In the additional installer list, ensure that the LabVIEW Runtime Engine box is checked.  

Method 5
After running the LabVIEW installation CD, the Runtime Engine can be found in the Products\LabVIEW_Runtime_Engine_20XX directory

Method 6
If required LabVIEW Runtime version is older than available online or in NI Package Manager, contact NI Support.

Additional Information

Once LabVIEW is installed, the Runtime Engine will be located at  C:\Program Files\National Instruments\Shared\LabVIEW Runtime.

The LabVIEW Runtime Engine must be installed on any system where you plan to run executables or shared libraries built with the LabVIEW Application Builder. While it allows you to run applications, it doesn't allow you to develop them. For that, you need to use the LabVIEW Development Environment.