Unable to Locate NI MAX on My Linux OS Based System

Updated Sep 23, 2019

Reported In


  • LabVIEW
  • Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX)


  • NI-DAQmx Base

Operating System

  • Linux

Issue Details

I have installed LabVIEW and DAQmx drivers but I'm not able to locate NI MAX in my Linux OS based system like it shows up in my Windows based machine. Could you please help me install NI MAX?


NI-DAQmx for Linux does not include NI Measurement and Automation Explorer but does include a separate utility for configuring hardware devices.

With NI-DAQmx for Linux, National Instruments has introduced the NI-DAQmx Configuration Utility (daqmxconfig) to allow you to import and export your hardware configuration as text files which are easily modified and read manually using text editors and spreadsheet applications. These files are in an INI-style format and describe the hardware configuration including plug-in devices, SCXI, SCC, and TEDS.

nidaqmxconfig(gets installed along with NI-DAQmx Base) is a tool designed to handle many of the configuration and utility tools that worked within the NI MAX application.You can refer the section NI MAX Feature Replacements in the document Windows vs Desktop Linux DAQmx Experience Differences to get an understanding of which features are either: Not Accessible, Programmatically Accessible, or accessible through the provided tool.

Additional Information

NI-DAQmx Base is a driver that controls your data acquisition device on Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows. NI-DAQmx Base consists of a set of LabVIEW VIs and a C programming interface, as well as device recognition and simple datalogging tools. NI-DAQmx Base is a subset of NI-DAQmx. If you are familiar with NI-DAQmx, you should be able to use NI-DAQmx Base.
Refer the Getting started with NI-DAQmx Base guide for detailed information on the same.