Remotely View Console Output of Real-Time Targets

Updated Oct 31, 2023



  • PXI Controller


  • LabVIEW Real-Time Module

The LabVIEW Real-Time Module has the ability to target both PXI controllers and standard desktops. These systems differ from other hardware platforms in that they provide graphical output. After initial configuration, though, having an attached monitor is unnecessary and oftentimes impractical. But, viewing the console output can still be helpful in debugging. Thus, to bypass the monitor dependency, this tutorial explains how to use the RT Console Viewer, an application that can remotely view console output of real-time targets.

Check System Settings >> Operating System in NI Measurement and Automation Explorer (MAX) to understand what Real-Time Operating System your target is running.

NI Linux Real-Time Targets

RT Console Viewer is not available for NI Linux Real-Time target. Refer to Access Console and VeriStand Logs for NI-Linux Real-Time Targets instead.

Non NI Linux Real-Time Targets

System Requirements

Before installing the RT Console Viewer application, please ensure that you have the following components:



  1. The RT Console Viewer software must be installed to the real-time target using NI MAX. Expand the Remote Systems tree node in MAX so that all remote targets are shown.
  2. Locate the appropriate PXI/Desktop PC and expand its node. Right-click on Software and select Add/Remove Software.
  3. Install the new entry RT Console Viewer by left-clicking the X icon, selecting Install the feature., and clicking Next as shown below.


  1. Expand the Remote Systems in NI MAX.
  2. Right click the required device and select Web Configuration
  3. NI Web Based Configuration and Monitoring will be launched in Internet Explorer
  4. Click Console icon to launch the console viewer, as shown below.

Using VeriStand

You can also launch Console Viewer from NI Veristand, please refer to Viewing the Console Output of a Real-Time Target.

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