What Applications or Drivers Do I Need For The NI myDAQ?

Updated Jan 7, 2019

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  • myDAQ Student Kit
  • myDAQ Reseller Kit
  • myDAQ University Kit

Issue Details

I have an NI myDAQ. What software do I have to install in order to use the myDAQ instruments?


There are two ways to use the myDAQ: interactively or programatically. Both methods require that LabVIEW be downloaded first, and then the necessary device drivers. Depending on which you would like to do, there is a different driver that will need to be downloaded.
  1. NI-ELVISmx is the driver that you will need if you would like interactive access to your myDAQ. This driver installs from the NI myDAQ Software Suite DVD that's included in the box with your myDAQ. Insert this DVD into your computer and follow the on-screen instructions. It could take up to 40 minutes to complete the installation. Once the installation is complete, restart your computer, and you should be able to begin using your myDAQ. You'll also now see the myDAQ Express VIs in LabVIEW.

    In addition, you can now launch the NI ELVISmx Instrument Launcher, shown below:

    If you do not have the NI myDAQ Software Suite DVD, you can download the software by following the links on the NI myDAQ Driver Download page.
  2. NI-DAQmx is the driver that you will need if you would like to programatically control or automate measurements with your myDAQ. The Analog Inputs, Stereo Inputs, and DMM are all channels that are available as physical channels for an Analog Input task. An example of one of these is shown below:


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