Which LabVIEW Edition Do I Need?

Updated May 23, 2022

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  • LabVIEW

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What are the differences between LabVIEW Base, Full, and Professional editions?


Review the differences on the Select Your LabVIEW Edition page. In general, select the edition that best fits your needs based on the add-on and toolkit compatibility, your application requirements, and pricing. Some considerations are listed below:
  • Some features are inherently licensed in one edition and can be included in another one at an additional cost. For example, the LabVIEW Professional edition includes the Database Connectivity Toolkit and Report Generation Toolkit. To use them with the LabVIEW Base or LabVIEW Full editions, you'll need a separate purchase. Note: The installer for the LabVIEW Base, Full, and Professional Development System is the same. The edition that you have access to, will depend on the edition that you activate using the NI License Manager.
  • Deploying to real-time and FPGA hardware is not supported in the LabVIEW Base edition and you will need LabVIEW Full as a minimum.
  • There are software add-ons that are not included with LabVIEW and will require a separate purchase. An example would be the LabVIEW Real-Time module.
  • Some modules or toolkits are not compatible with all the LabVIEW editions. For example, the Sound and Vibration Toolkit is only supported by the LabVIEW Full or LabVIEW Professional editions. Check the requirements for each specific module in the readme file.
  • If you have an existing LabVIEW project and need to determine which edition can be used one possibility is opening the LabVIEW project or VIs with the Base version and identifying if you can run the VIs if there is a VI that is part of the Full or Professional edition a broken arrow should be shown indicating an error that the library that contains the VI or item is not properly licensed. Normally, the help documentation for the specific VI should indicate which edition is needed to use the VI.
  • If you need to deploy a LabVIEW application using executables, shared libraries, or installers you will need the LabVIEW Application Builder add-on if you are using the Base or Full editions since it is only included with the Professional Development System.

Additional Information

For personal, non-commercial use, consider using the LabVIEW Community Edition. More details can be found on the LabVIEW Community Edition Usage Details page.