Can I Retrieve the LabVIEW Block Diagram from a Built Executable?

Updated Sep 14, 2023

Reported In


  • LabVIEW
  • LabVIEW Application Builder Module

Issue Details

I have a LabVIEW executable or installer, which I built using the LabVIEW Development Environment. I want to know if it's possible to get its block diagram, without having the original project or VI with which it was built.


With the Application Builder's default options, it is not possible to retrieve the block diagram of a VI after it has been compiled into an executable.

Additional Information

When creating an executable in the LabVIEW Application Builder, you can check the Enable debugging option in the Advanced menu to build the block diagram into the executable, so that you can follow its execution. This way you can show the application's block diagram both in the development machine, as well as using remote debugging with another machine. Refer to Remotely Debugging Executables in LabVIEW for more information.