How Can I Reduce Size of LabVIEW Application Installer?

Updated Dec 27, 2018

Reported In


  • LabVIEW Professional
  • LabVIEW Application Builder Module
  • LabVIEW Full
  • LabVIEW Base

Issue Details

My LabVIEW custom installer is including simple program for serial communication. But, the size of this file is bigger than 200 MB, too big. How can I reduce this file size? 


Any Labview application(.exe) requires a Run-Time Engine to operate in an OS where the Labview is not installed. The Run-Time Engine acts as a virtual library in a different environment, allowing the program to run it. Even if Labview application is so small in few byte, the size of Run-Time Engine is 2-300 MB. So, if you want to send this installer for deployment computer which doesn't have Run-Time Engine, more than 200MB of installer is inevitable.

But, if you want to make without Run-Time Engine, you must make sure that the LabVIEW Run-Time Engine on the deployment computer is the exact same version as your LabVIEW executable. You can download the correct version of Run-Time Engine from here onto the deployment computer

Additional Information

When you create an installer after an application build, you can find a list of additional software to include in My Installer Properties. The required Labview Run-Time Engine and other Drivers are selected as default for your code.

  • LabVIEW Project Window>>Build Specification>>New>>Installer>>Additional Installers