Install LabVIEW on Linux Operating Systems

Updated Nov 21, 2022



  • LabVIEW

Operating System

  • Linux

This tutorial instructs users on how to install LabVIEW on a Linux operating system from downloaded installation media. 

Considerations Before Beginning Installation:

  • Review which Linux distributions are compatible with your version of LabVIEW. This information is available in the LabVIEW and Linux OS Compatibility table, as well as the readme for GNU/Linux for each LabVIEW version.
    • LabVIEW dropped support for Intel 32-bit versions of Linux distributions as of July 1, 2016. Versions of LabVIEW that ship after July 1, 2016 may install and execute on Intel 32-bit distributions, but official support is not provided.
  • Please note that previous versions of LabVIEW for Linux were only available using physical media. If you are installing LabVIEW using physical media, for the Linux LabVIEW Installation Guide.
  • Installation steps are also available in the readme for your version of LabVIEW; instructions may vary slightly depending on LabVIEW version.

  1. Ensure that your Linux operating system distribution is compatible with the version of LabVIEW you wish to install.
  2. Close all NI software.
  3. Install libncurses5 and libopenal1 from the repositories of your Linux OS.
  4. Download and mount the iso file.
    • The file will be in the format lvXXXXpro-linux.iso where XXXX stands for the version of LabVIEW (ex: lv2020pro-linux.iso).
  5. Navigate to the mounted disc image
  6. Run the install script as root (ex. su and enter password, then run ./INSTALL)
    • To install a 32-bit version of LabVIEW, first navigate into the 32-bit sub-directory (ex. cd ./32-bit) and then run the install script as root
  7. (Optional) Run the below commands in the same location as above to install offline help for LabVIEW:

    a. Ubuntu

    sudo apt install ./deb/pool/ni-labview-2022/n/ni-offline-help-viewer/*.deb

    sudo apt install ./deb/pool/ni-labview-2022/n/ni-help-preferences/*.deb

    sudo apt install ./deb/pool/ni-labview-2022/n/ni-labview-offline-manual/*.deb

    b. RHEL

    sudo dnf install ./rpm/ni-offline-help-viewer*.rpm

    sudo dnf install ./rpm/ni-help-preferences*.rpm

    sudo dnf install ./rpm/ni-labview-offline-manual*.rpm

You are now able to start LabVIEW from the menu of your operating system.

Next Steps

If you are looking to install a patch for your LabVIEW version:
  1. Find your version's patch in the Version drop-down menu on the LabVIEW Downloads page
  2. Download patch
  3. Follow instructions given in the readme, which is part of the packed file of the patch.