Using PXI with Mac Computer

Updated Jan 16, 2019

Reported In


  • PXIe-8301

Operating System

  • Mac OS X

Issue Details

I want to use a MXI controlled PXI system (chassis) connected my Mac computer. What option do I have?


To use a remote controller that runs in macOS we need three things to work: physical layer support, application development environment (ADE) support, driver support. There are limitations for each of them. An alternative to the challenges presented before is to use Boot Camp. This allows to run Windows on a Mac computer and thus have support to all the same functionalities available for Windows.

Additional Information

  • Currently there are no PXI Embedded Controllers installed with macOS by default.
  • Running Windows via a virtual machine is not recommended. The use of virtualization software is not able to route Thunderbolt 3 data between the host and the virtual machines causing problems.
  • It is also important to ensure that the desired PXI modules are compatible with Mac OS X. For example, DAQmx Base and its hardware is supported, but NI-HSDIO is not supported on Mac OS X. If none of the desired modules are supported, it's futile to attempt to use MXI to connect to the chassis.



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