If you are purchasing LabVIEW for the first time, consider if you will need to use LabVIEW or LabVIEW NXG. Compare the two development environments to see which meets your needs.
There are hardware- and software-compatibility differences between the two environments.
For each LabVIEW and LabVIEW NXG, there are the Base, Full, and Professional Development Systems available. The differences between the LabVIEW Base, Full, and Professional Editions for each environment include OS compatibility, hardware integration, software add-on compatibility, and more.
If you using LabVIEW for a personal, non-commercial use, see if LabVIEW Community Edition is right for you by reading LabVIEW Community Edition Usage Details.
While some features are inherently present in one edition, they can sometimes be included in another at an additional cost. For example, only LabVIEW Professional features the Database Connectivity Toolkit, but this can be added to either the Base or Full edition, for a lower cost than the LabVIEW Professional Development System.
The LabVIEW Application Builder is included only with LabVIEW Professional Edition, and not with Base or Full. However, code written in any LabVIEW Development Environment edition can be built into an installer or executable using the Application Builder.
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.
Not all modules are compatible with all the LabVIEW editions. For information on which LabVIEW Development editions are compatible with your module, check the System Requirements section of the module's readme.
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. Whereas, some modules are compatible with all LabVIEW Editions, like NI-DAQmx.
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