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Does LabVIEW Support Unicode?

Updated Apr 5, 2023

Reported In


  • LabVIEW

Issue Details

I want to use Japanese, or another Unicode language, in LabVIEW 7.x or below. How can I do it?


Unfortunately, LabVIEW 7.x and earlier does not support Unicode, or UTF-16 scheme. Because LabVIEW is a multiple platform software package, it must support multiple languages through its use of the multi-byte encoding scheme (MBCS).

LabVIEW does support Multi-Byte characters, such as Chinese/Korean/Japanese . In addition, there are Japanese, French, and German versions of LabVIEW.

Additional Information

Limited Unicode functionality is available in later versions of LabVIEW. See the document LabVIEW Unicode Programming Tools for more information.

Some crashes on LabVIEW were reported when modifying the text in strings controls after enabling Force Unicode Text and  Update Value while Typing properties from the context (right-click) menu

To avoid this behavior, try to Limit input string length using the following approach: