Communication Between VIs or Executable from LabVIEW NXG and LabVIEW

Updated Feb 19, 2018

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  • LabVIEW

Issue Details

I want to develop an application in LabVIEW NXG that involves features that are not yet implemented. I can run VIs or built executables from LabVIEW and LabVIEW NXG in parellel, but I don't know how to communicate them so that I can transfer data from LabVIEW to LabVIEW NXG.


Working with VIs

You can use the VI Interop node. This node communicates with the LabVIEW VI using the Connector Pane inputs and outputs, just as if it was a sub VI. Refer to VI Interop in the LabVIEW NXG Manual or in the Related Links for more information about how to use the node and what are its limitations.

Working with Executables

If you intend to work with executables instead of VIs, you can use Shared Variable, Network Streams, TCP or UDP communication to transfer data between them. Refer to the Related Links section or the LabVIEW NXG Manual for more information about how to use these communication methods.

Additional Information

You can use the System Exec node in LabVIEW NXG or the System Exec VI in LabVIEW to call external executables. If you are planning to work with executables and don't want to manually run both, you can define one as the caller and use the corresponding function to call the other executable.


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