Which LabVIEW Edition Do I Need?

Updated Jun 8, 2021

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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 toolkits 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.

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.