Archived:How do I Dynamically Load LabVIEW Built Shared Libraries from C on Linux?

Updated Dec 11, 2018

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Reported In


  • LabVIEW

Operating System

  • Linux

Programming Language

  • C

Issue Details

If I build a shared library (.so file) on Linux and then try to load it dynamically from C instead of linking the shared library directly with the C program and the RT Engine, the program hangs when it attempts to initialize the RT Engine. The following example code demonstrates loading a shared library dynamically from C:

void *libHandle = dlopen("", RTLD_NOW);


To correct this error and dynamically load LabVIEW built shared libraries on Linux, add one of the following declarations to the program: 

extern "C" void InitializeLVRTClient(); // C++ program
extern void InitializeLVRTClient(); // C program

Call this function without any arguments before using dlopen to load any LabVIEW built shared library.

This issue has been resolved as of LabVIEW 7.1.1 and above.


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