NI-MAX Will not Load on Mac High Sierra OS

Updated Nov 6, 2018

Reported In


  • Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX)



Operating System

  • Mac OS X

Issue Details

I installed NI VISA 18.0 on my Mac Mini (High Sierra OS 10.13.2). When I try to access NI-MAX it will crash and ask if a crash report is needed. If I try to uninstall it and install an older version, it will not allow me to complete the installation process (the continue button will be grayed out).


This is a problem related to the Mac OS. 

In order to resolve it follow these steps:

  1. Restart your computer
  2. Go to System Preferences > Security & Privacy > General
  3. Go to System Software from Developer
  4.  Find National Instruments. There should be a message that National Instruments was blocked from loading. You should be able to click the "Allow" button and then your NI software should work.
    • The "Allow" button may not work if you are logged in remotely and may require manual log in.