Getting Started with PXI(e) Real Time Targets Programming

Updated May 7, 2019

Reported In


  • LabVIEW Real-Time Module
  • LabVIEW


  • All PXI(e) Real Time Targets

Issue Details

I bought a new PXI(e) real time controller. I would to like start programming this new real time PXI(e) system so I need help in getting started with real time targets programming.


You must perform the following tasks for developing a real-time application:

1. Install Software and Drivers
2. Configure the RT target
3. Creating a Real-Time Application
4. Building and Deploying an Application

1. Install Software and Drivers: The first step to getting started with NI products is to install the proper software and drivers for your application on the host/development computer. Install following software:
  • NI LabVIEW Development System for Windows (version 8.0 or later)
  • NI LabVIEW Real-Time Module version 8.0 or later - or - LabWindows/CVI Real-Time Module version 8.0 or later
  • Device Drivers
Note: Ensure your PXI(e) target, LabVIEW, Real Time module and Device Drivers are compatible with selected software version. Do not forget to activate the installed products.

2. Configuring the RT Target: After you install all the required software on the host computer, use MAX to configure the general settings of the target and to install the software and drivers from the host computer on the RT target. Note To perform the initial configuration, you must connect networked RT targets to the same subnet as the host computer from which you launch MAX. Refer to the Real-Time PXI System Initial Configuration and Software Installation tutorial.

3. Creating a Real-Time Application: Refer to the LabVIEW Help for a tutorial that guides you through creating a real-time application. The application you create contains VIs that acquire and process data on the RT target and display that data on the host computer. Complete the following steps to open the tutorial:
  • Launch LabVIEW.
  • Select Help»LabVIEW Help.
  • Navigate to the Tutorial: Creating a Real-Time Application topic in the Real-Time Module How-To book of the Real-Time Module Help.
  • Follow the instructions in the tutorial to create a real-time application.

4. Building and Deploying an Application: Now that you have completed the tutorial, you can build a stand-alone real-time application and deploy it to an RT target. For this section, you use a pre-built example of a real-time application similar to the one described in the tutorial. Complete the following steps to open the example:
  • Launch LabVIEW.
  • Open the Example Finder by selecting Help»Find Examples.
  • Browse to Toolkits and Modules»Real-Time»Tutorial.
  • Double-click Getting Started.lvproj to open the Project Explorer window


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