Determine the LabVIEW Development System You Are Using

Updated Nov 4, 2020



  • LabVIEW

LabVIEW has multiple development versions including Base, Full, and Professional Development systems. This tutorial will help you determine which LabVIEW development version you are using.

Methods for determining which development system you have installed depend on the version of LabVIEW you are using. 

If You Are Using LabVIEW 8.0 or Later...

You can find the LabVIEW development version from within LabVIEW or using NI License Manager.

Using LabVIEW 

  1. Launch LabVIEW
  2. Select Help from the menu bar » About LabVIEW. 
  3. Examine the About LabVIEW screen to determine the LabVIEW development system.
    • Note: LabVIEW version is also available on the About LabVIEW screen


Using NI License Manager

  1. Launch NI License Manager by selecting Start » All Programs » National Instruments » NI License Manager.
  2. Navigate to Local Licenses
  3. Under your version of LabVIEW, expand Application >> Development System to view your current LabVIEW licenses.
  4. Based on the colored dots next to the associated development systems, you can determine which are installed and licensed. For example, the ones with green circles next to them will be the Development Systems that are associated with active licenses that you have installed on your machine.

If You Are Using LabVIEW 7.1 or Earlier

In LabVIEW 7.1 or earlier, you can determine the version and development system information in one of the following ways:

Resource Files: (LabVIEW 5.0 or later, All Platforms)

  1. Navigate to the labview\resource directory.
  2. Look for .rsc files in the directory and compare the files with the ones below. These files indicate which development system you installed. 
Development System
Full Development System
Professional Development System     
Both provers.rsc and fullvers.rsc     
Professional Development System
Base Package

Windows Registry Search (Advanced)

NOTE: For advanced users only. Do not modify any registry settings.
  1. Select Start»Run.
  2. Enter regedt32 and click OK.
  3. From the My Computer icon, browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE»SOFTWARE»National Instruments»LabVIEW.
  4. Expand the LabVIEW folder to display all versions of LabVIEW currently installed.
  5. Select a folder for a LabVIEW version to display the registry entries for that version.
  6. The abbreviated name of the development system appears under the Data column in the Type row. Refer to the following list to determine what each abbreviation means:
    • Base - Base Package
    • Full - Full Development System
    • Pro - Professional Development System
    • Eval - Evaluation Version