How Many Computers Can I Activate LabVIEW On?

Updated Nov 13, 2018

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  • LabVIEW
  • Volume License Manager

Issue Details

  • I have a LabVIEW development license and I want to install a copy on both my PC and personal laptop. Is there a limit to how many computers I can activate LabVIEW on?
  • I may have installed LabVIEW on one computer and now want to move it to another machine. Is this possible?
  • Can I activate a full version of LabVIEW on my deployment machine if I don't develop on it regularly?


Activation rules for multiple computers varies based on the type of National Instruments Software License Agreement you or your company has. There are two main categories of license agreements: single-seat license and volume license agreement (VLA).

If you are not sure which type of licensing agreement you have, check with your software administrator. You can also find this information by opening to NI License Manager and checking whether your LabVIEW license shows up under the Local Licenses tab (single-seat) or the Network Licenses tab (VLA).

Single-Seat License

LabVIEW 8.1 to Present: A user may install and activate the National Instruments Software on up to three (3) computers, each by following the traditional installation and activation process.

LabVIEW 8.0 and Previous: You can install the software on another machine, but you first must uninstall the software from the old machine. When you install on the new machine, simply follow the same activation process that you completed the first time you installed. Remember to follow the software licensing agreement by having only one active copy of your software installed at a time.

Volume License Agreement

You may activate LabVIEW on multiple computers according to the license option outlined in your unique licensing agreement. For more general information on licensing, please refer to Understanding NI Software Policies.

Note: If you need to use LabVIEW on a fourth machine with a single seat licences, you must first deactivate the software from one of the three other machines. Once the software is installed on the fourth machine, you can follow the same activation procedure that was used for previous activations.

Home Usage Exception: If you are a business or other entity using a Named-User licensing option, or if you are the primary user of the machine on which a Computer-Based licensing option is used, you may also install and use LabVIEW on one (1) home computer, provided that the use of the software on such a home computer is limited to work performed in the scope of and complies with all terms and conditions of your licensing agreement.


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