What Software Do I Need to Program My CompactRIO Hardware?

Updated Nov 30, 2022

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 (required only if you want to program the FPGA directly)
  4. NI-RIO drivers

Additional Information

When installing the software please consider these caveats: