Data Acquisition Options for Macintosh OS 9 and OS X

Updated Jun 12, 2018

Reported In


  • LabVIEW 2017 Base


  • NI-DAQmx Base

Operating System

  • Mac OS X

Issue Details

What options are available for developing data acquisition applications for a Macintosh system with National Instruments products?


There are four options for doing data acquisition on a Macintosh system. The best option will depend on your application requirements.
1. Use Mac OS X, LabVIEW 2017, and NI-DAQmx Base
  • Simpler data acquisition interface
  • Allows platform flexibility (not restricted to PXI)
  • Cheapest solution
2. Use Mac OS X, LabVIEW 2017 with the Real-Time Module, and PXI data acquisition hardware
  • Deterministic performance with LabVIEW Real-Time
  • Information on supported hardware can be found in the Related Link: What PXI Hardware and Accessories are Supported in LabVIEW Real-Time?
3. Use Mac OS X, LabVIEW 2017 (or earlier), and NI-DAQmx Base 15 (or earlier).
  • Supports PCI based hardware or PXI based hardware through a MXI-4 link
  • Information on supported hardware can be found in the Related Link: Macintosh Products
4. Develop your own driver for Mac OS X with the Measurement Hardware Driver Development Kit (DDK)
  • Solution for using PCI based data acquisition hardware on Mac OS X
  • Develop a driver in LabVIEW 2017 or C++
  • Requires register level programming​


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