Hyperlinks on LabVIEW Front Panel that Will Launch a Separate Web Browser

Updated Dec 22, 2022

Reported In


  • LabVIEW
  • LabVIEW Base
  • LabVIEW Full
  • LabVIEW Professional

Issue Details

I want to have a hyperlink on my front panel that will launch a separate web browser on my front panel when I click on it.


Use the Open URL in Default Browser VI

This VI can be found in the Functions»Dialog & User Interface»Help palette in LabVIEW 2013-2017. It takes in the desired URL as a string and opens the website in whatever browser is set to the default for that computer. As such, it may behave differently on different deployment machines.

Additional Information

Use ActiveX to launch Internet Explorer

You can also use ActiveX in Windows to launch the Internet Explorer web browser externally from LabVIEW at the click of a boolean control.

To do this, you will need to have a current version of the Internet Explorer web browser installed. This will automatically install the Microsoft Internet Controls, a set of ActiveX objects that you can use to launch the browser.