Install LabVIEW on Linux Operating Systems

Updated Jun 8, 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. 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).
  4. Navigate to the mounted disc image
  5. 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
  6. After the installation script completes, you can verify that the software installed correctly. Open LabVIEW and select Help»About LabVIEW and look for the recently installed version number on the right portion of the window.

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 for installing patches in your version's readme, available on the Downloads page.