How to Find LabVIEW Examples for NI Hardware

Updated Aug 9, 2022



  • LabVIEW

Shipping examples are the best reference for developers to get started and build a more complicated application. NI provides Example Finder with a built-in filter capability that helps list out all examples that are applicable for specific devices.

In this article, we will be discussing how to access the LabVIEW Example Finder and search by task or specific to hardware. A download of LabVIEW is required to follow this guide.


To open the NI Example finder, navigate to the menu bar and click Help>>Find Examples.

The NI Example finder window will now open, from here you will be able to access the different example VI's available.

There are different methods you can undertake in order to find the VI that you are in need of. The first method would be to browse examples based on the task or directory.

If you have a rough idea of what example you need, then you can also find examples using keywords by using the search tab. In the example below the keyword "DAQ" is used, and the result is examples that match the search criteria.

Finally, if you are looking for examples that will work with any NI hardware you have connected, the functionality to do this is available on the bottom left of the example finder window. I have chosen to find examples for my "cRIO-9049".

You can select the hardware that you have connected, doing so will display all examples that are compatible with your NI hardware. Make sure to check the "Limit results to hardware" if needing examples compatible with your hardware.

Additional Information

Make sure to create a copy of the example VI that you have used, by saving the example under a new name to avoid overwriting the original example VI's.

Please note that some certain set of examples won't be listed in the NI Example Finder, for example NI-USRP several example applications are only accessible by opening from the following locations:
  1. From the Start menu at Start»All Programs»National Instruments»NI-USRP»Examples.
  2. From the LabVIEW Functions palette at Instrument I/O»Instrument Drivers»NI-USRP»Examples.
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