What Software Do I Need to Program My cRIO?

Updated Aug 14, 2018

Reported In


  • CompactRIO Chassis


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


  • NI CompactRIO
  • NI-RIO

Issue Details

I have one of the following problems:
  • I have LabVIEW installed but I cannot see my cRIO in NI MAX.
  • I updated LabVIEW and now I can't use my cRIO without errors or unexpected behavior. 
  • I'm not seeing the C-series modules for my cRIO in my LabVIEW project.


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

  • LabVIEW Development System
  • LabVIEW Real-Time Module
  • LabVIEW FPGA Module (requested only if you want to program the FPGA)
  • NI-RIO drivers

The easiest way to install them is using the LabVIEW Platform DVD included with your hardware.

Alternatively, the individual components may be downloaded 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 install supports your target.


Additional Information

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


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