LabVIEW Crashes on macOS 11 Big Sur

Updated Jun 2, 2021

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Software

  • LabVIEW

Other

macOS 11 Big Sur

Issue Details

I have recently updated my Mac to macOS 11 Big Sur. I can install LabVIEW 2018, 2019 or 2020, but when I try to open LabVIEW, LabVIEW crashes on the home (splash) screen. 

Solution

Unfortunately, macOS 11 Big Sur is not currently supported by NI and therefore LabVIEW is not guaranteed to work. As of January 2021, the latest macOS and LabVIEW compatible versions are macOS 10.15 Catalina and LabVIEW 2020 SP1.
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  • In the Terminal window enter two commands that will attempt to resolve LabVIEW crashing and redraw the UI.
    • Open the Terminal on Mac.
    • Enter the following commands:
      • defaults write com.ni.labview NSGraphicsContextAllowOverRestore -bool YES
        • This command should resolve the crash.
      • defaults write com.ni.labview NSViewAllowsRootLayerBacking -bool NO
        • This command should redraw the LabVIEW UI.
    • Note: If you want to run a program that was developed with LabVIEW, run the previous commands but change 'com.ni.labview' to the app's bundle identifer, which is the name you put in the 'Internal name' field of the Version Information tab in the build specification (the default is "com.company.MyApplication"). As an alternative you can copy a plist file to the new computer and place it in the /Library/Preferences directory. You can view additional information about plist files in this external link: About Information Property List File.
  • Downgrade to macOS 10.15 Catalina, or an older version of macOS. 
  • Dual boot the Mac with Windows 10 and run LabVIEW on the Windows partition. 
  • Install a Windows virtual machine. 
    • There a lot options for virtual machine software, some are free to use, others are paid for. Search online at place like this: Best virtual machine software for Mac for the most suitable option. 
    • Instructions on how to install the virtual machine can usually be found on the supplier website or through tutorial videos online. 
    • Be aware that a Windows license maybe required. 
  • If you have access to another machine, then a quick solution would to use either a Windows PC, or a Mac that hasn't been updated. 

Additional Information

If you need to download Windows 10, or create the installation media, this information can be found on the Microsoft website: Download Windows 10.