Activating Previous Versions of NI Software

Updated Oct 5, 2020

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  • NI License Manager

Issue Details

I have purchased a license for NI software. I need to use a version of the software that is older than the version I purchased. Can I use my current license to activate older versions of the same software?


The serial number that you receive when you purchase NI software is attached to a particular version of the software. This serial number can be used to activate that version and any previous version. In order to activate future versions with automatic upgrades as soon as software is released, keep your contract active. Refer to Standard Service Program for Software for more information.

For example, you can purchase LabVIEW 2017 and use the serial number to activate LabVIEW 2012, but could not use the serial number to activate LabVIEW 2018.

Additional Information

You can use your serial number to generate activation keys for your software at
For more information about accessing older software versions, see How to Download Older Versions of NI Software.