USB DAQ Devices Support For Linux

Updated Dec 23, 2023

Reported In


  • NI-DAQmx
  • NI Linux Device Drivers 2019

Operating System

  • Linux

Issue Details

I purchased a USB data acquisition (DAQ) device and I would like to use it on Linux operating system. Are USB devices supported on Linux? Which driver should I install?


Only some USB data acquisition devices be used on Linux operating systems.

NI-DAQmx Base does support some USB DAQ devices, but it does not support X-Series devices. For a list of USB DAQ devices supported by the latest version of DAQmx-Base, see NI-DAQmx Base 15.0.0 Readme . The last version of the NI-DAQmx Base driver available for download is 15.0. Please check compatibility for Linux, and macOS for supported versions of this driver. For more information, please read the End-of-Life Announcement for DAQmx Base Driver. If you are using this driver to interface your device with LabVIEW, please note that this driver only works with LabVIEW versions 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.

As of the release of NI Linux Device Drivers (July 2019), you can use DAQmx 19.5 on Linux operating system. However, please note that all USB Multifunction DAQ devices are still not supported. Please have a look at the README file on the download page to find the supported hardware for DAQmx 19.5.

Additional Information

For a list of Linux distributions supported by National Instruments drivers, please refer to NI Linux Device Drivers download page.