View or Edit LabVIEW VIs in TestStand

Updated May 15, 2023



  • TestStand
  • LabVIEW
  • LabVIEW Desktop Execution Trace Toolkit

I have TestStand installed on a test station, and am using LabVIEW VIs in my test sequence. I would like to view or possibly edit those VIs. What software do I need on my computer to do this?

TestStand does not natively have functionality to view or edit the block diagrams of VIs. There are two main options for viewing vi block diagrams from TestStand:
  1. Install LabVIEW Run-time and the Desktop Trace Execution ToolkitThis option will allow you to view VIs  and use debugging tools. It will not allow you to edit the VIs. Download the version of the LabVIEW Run-time engine that matches the version that the LabVIEW code was developed in. 
  2. Install LabVIEW Development. This option will allow you full access to view, debug and edit VIs on your test application. The LabVIEW version must be equal to or greater than the version the code modules were developed in.

Additional Information

TestStand is able to run LabVIEW Vis with only the LabVIEW Run-time Engine installed. The development system or Desktop Execution Trace Toolkit is only needed in order to view or modify the VI's block diagram.