Create Shortcut to View cRIO Files on Host Machine

Updated Aug 22, 2018

Reported In


  • CompactRIO Chassis


  • Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX)
  • LabVIEW Real-Time Module

Issue Details

I'm trying to create a shortcut to view the files on my Compact RIO. This will allow me to view the files directly on the desktop of my Host machine and not have to go through NI-MAX.


Follow these steps on your Host machine to create a shortcut to your cRIO files:
  1. ​Open NI-MAX and under Remote Systems right click on the target desired.
  2. Select File Transfer to open up the Windows Explorer pop up window.
  3. Click on the Address bar and copy the FTP address.
  4. Right click Computer in the Windows Explorer and select Add a network location.
  5. Navigate through the Add Network Location Wizard dialog box and select Choose a custom network location.
  6. Paste the FTP address into the Internet or network address bar and click Next.
  7. Complete the Add Network Location Wizard.
  8. A shortcut has now been created under Computer. This shortcut can be moved to the desktop for easier access.


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