Unable to Locate NI MAX on My Linux OS Based System

Updated Feb 6, 2024

Reported In


  • Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX)


  • NI-DAQmx

Operating System

  • Linux

Issue Details

I have installed LabVIEW and DAQmx drivers but I'm not able to locate NI Measurement and Automation Explorer (MAX) in my Linux OS-based system like it shows up in my Windows-based machine. How can I install NI MAX?


NI-DAQmx for Linux does not include NI MAX as it supports only Windows OS.
Instead, you can use the Hardware Configuration Utility, which provides similar graphical configuration functionality in Linux OS.

To install the Hardware Configuration Utility:
  1. Download and install NI Linux Device Drivers. For more information on how to do this, see Installing NI Drivers and Software on Linux Desktop.
  2. Run the command ni-hwcfg-utility
More information on installing and launching the Hardware Configuration Utility for Linux can be found in Launching Hardware Configuration Utility.

Additional Information

The minimum required driver version for Hardware Configuration Utility is NI-DAQmx 21.3.0. For older versions of this driver, you can use the NI-DAQmx Configuration Utility (nidaqmxconfig) which gets automatically installed with NI-DAQmx (also with the newer versions). This tool allows 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.

You can refer to 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.