Which LabVIEW Edition do I Need?

Updated Jan 10, 2019

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  • LabVIEW Base
  • LabVIEW Full
  • LabVIEW Professional
  • LabVIEW Home Bundle

Issue Details

I need to purchase a LabVIEW Development System license and I am not sure which edition or version I need. What are the differences between LabVIEW Base, Full and Professional?


The differences between the LabVIEW Editions can be found in Select Your LabVIEW Edition. Have in mind that while some features are only present in one edition, they can be included in another for a price. For example, only LabVIEW Professional features Database connectivity tools, but those tools can be included for a price with the LabVIEW Database Connectivity Toolkit in either the Base or Full edition, for a lower cost than the LabVIEW Proffessional Development System.

Additional Information

  • There are add-ons that are not included in any LabVIEW edition. For example, the LabVIEW Real-Time Module is not included with the Full or Professional editions and needs to be purchased separately, or included with one of the NI Software Suites.
  • Not all modules will be compatible with all the LabVIEW editions. For example, the LabVIEW Real-Time Module requires the LabVIEW Full or Professional Development System and will not work with the LabVIEW Base Development System.
  • LabVIEW Base Development System can be purchased as a Subscription License for 1, 2 or 3 years, or as a perpetual license.
  • A LabVIEW NXG license is included with any LabVIEW purchase. The LabVIEW NXG edition will match LabVIEW's. Refer to Related Links for additional information.
  • LabVIEW Home Edition includes LabVIEW Full Development System along with the LabVIEW Control Design and Simulation Module, LabVIEW MathScript RT Module and LabVIEW Application Builder Module. Refer to Related Links for additional information.


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