What National Instruments Software Licenses Are on My Machine?

Updated Oct 29, 2018

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  • NI License Manager

Operating System

  • Windows

Issue Details

I have National Instruments software on my machine. I am unsure of whether this software is free or whether it requires a purchased license in order to run. If it is purchased, I'd like to know if it was activated for my computer or is part of a volume license.  How can I find this information?


The National Instruments software installed on your machine that is not available for free is listed in the National Instruments License Manager. This can be found by navigating to Start Menu»Programs»National Instruments»NI License Manager

NI License Manager 4.0 and later:
In the above example:
  • The green circles indicate fully activated software. All the versions of LabVIEW and the Application Builder are activated.
  • The Advanced Signal Processing Toolkit is an evaluation version, and requires activation.
  • The LabVIEW 2017 Student Edition does not have a license.
Earlier Versions of NI License Manager:

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Each piece of software listed under Local Licenses will be expandable and list the possible license options that can be activated. 

For example, with National Instruments TestStand 3.5 there are three different license options: Base Deployment Engine, Debug Deployment Environment, and Development System. 

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Depending on which type of license is installed, different colors will appear in the boxes next to each license possiblity for the given software. In the image above, TestStand 3.5 Development System Time Limited Evaluation Version is installed. There are 3 different colors and 3 different square filling possibilities. 

Square Filling Scenarios
Empty Square:
No license of this option has been activated
Half Filled Square
Evaluation License Version
Filled Square:
Licensed Version
Square Color Possiblities
Red Square
Expired or Invalid License
Yellow Square
Time Limited License
Green Square
Time Unlimited License
More information on the meaning of these icons can be found in the License Manager Help (Help»Contents) under National Instruments License Manager Help»License Management Overview»The NI License Manager Environment.

In all versions of the License Manager, there are separate sections for local licenses and network licenses.  Your software is activated locally on the machine if it shows up in the Local Licenses section as activated.


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