National Instruments Upgrade Policy for Run-Time or Deployment Licenses

Updated Jan 2, 2018

Reported In


  • TestStand
  • Vision Development Module
  • Switch Executive

Issue Details

I am interested in upgrading my National Instruments software deployment license covering software like TestStand, Switch Executive or Vision Development Module that has been deployed on one or more target machines.  What is National Instruments' policy on software deployment license upgrades, and what is the technical procedure for upgrading the run-time or deployment license on a target machine?


A benefit of purchasing an initial run-time or deployment engine license is upgrades are free.  Therefore, if you purchase a run-time / deployment license, you will not need to pay additional fees to deploy future versions of the software covered by that license.  This licensing policy encompasses upgrades to all run-time or deployment licenses.  

The technical procedure for upgrading software on a deployment machine is simply:
  1. Create and distribute the deployment or installer package containing the new version of your software to any applicable target machines.
  2. Install the deployment on the target machine. 
  3. Upon completing installation of the run-time / deployment engine, once you are prompted to activate your run-time / deployment license, use the same serial number provided to you at the time you purchased the separate run-time / deployment license to activate the software.  For assistance locating your serial number, refer to Where Do I Find the Serial Number of My National Instruments Product? or contact National Instruments Support.
  4. Use your upgraded deployment software as normal.

Additional Information

Note that several National Instruments software products require a separate license for the initial deployment of the technology contained in the run-time or deployment engine.  To learn what software products require separate deployment licenses, see Deployment and Debug Licenses for NI Software.