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What Software Do I Need to Program My cRIO?

Updated Nov 2, 2019

Reported In


  • CompactRIO Chassis


  • LabVIEW Real-Time Module
  • LabVIEW FPGA Module
  • LabVIEW


  • NI CompactRIO
  • NI-RIO

Issue Details

  • I have LabVIEW installed but I cannot see my cRIO in NI MAX.
  • What software/drivers should I have to use my cRIO?
  • I am attempting to install software on my Real-Time target but I am not able to.


In order to program your CompactRIO you need to have the following software installed on your computer in this order:

  1. LabVIEW Development System
  2. LabVIEW Real-Time Module
  3. LabVIEW FPGA Module (requested only if you want to program the FPGA)
  4. NI-RIO drivers

You may install your software using the LabVIEW Platform DVD included with your hardware, or download the individual components from our website; in which case you must install the software in the order listed above.

It is also important to make sure that the versions of the add-on modules match with the one of LabVIEW Development System and to install one of the supported drivers versions. Ensure that the software you installed or updated supports your target.


Additional Information

After installing the software onto your computer, you may need to install additional software on your cRIO device.

Be aware that the LabVIEW Real-Time Module is only compatible with the 32 bit version of LabVIEW and the 32-bit version of the LabVIEW FPGA module.


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