Launching NI VeriStand Screen or UI Manager in Operator Mode

Updated Aug 9, 2022



  • VeriStand

NI VeriStand Editor Screens (previously known as UI Manager for VeriStand 2018 or earlier) allows you to quickly and easily distribute UI elements across many screens and zoom and search to find the data you need while your test is running.
This article explains how you can launch screens in operator mode or your own customized user interface.

For VeriStand 2019 or later

Refer to Running VeriStand Operations Using the Command Line to call VeriStand.exe with arguments. For example to launch the Engine Demo shipping example in operator mode for VeriStand 2020, call the following command in Command Prompt.
"C:\Program Files\National Instruments\VeriStand 2020\VeriStand.exe" /nivsprj "C:\Users\Public\Documents\National Instruments\NI VeriStand 2020\Examples\Stimulus Profile\Engine Demo\Engine Demo.nivsprj" /operateScreen


For VeriStand 2018 or earlier

Refer to Communicating with UI Manager Using Stimulus Profile Arguments to call NationalInstruments.VeriStand.UIManager.Application.exe with arguments. For example to launch the Engine Demo shipping example for VeriStand 2018, call the following command in Command Prompt.
"C:\Program Files\National Instruments\NI VeriStand UI Manager 2018\NationalInstruments.VeriStand.UIManager.Application.exe" /nivsprj "C:\Users\Public\Documents\National Instruments\NI VeriStand 2018\Examples\Stimulus Profile\Engine Demo\Engine Demo.nivsprj"
You need to launch and connect to VeriStand Gateway explicitly before connecting from UI Manager. See next section.

Launching VeriStand Gateway Silently

If you are using your own customized user interface and want to deploy the VeriStand project without opening any VeriStand user interface, you can launch VeriStand Gateway silently.
“C:\Program Files (x86)\National Instruments\VeriStand 2020\veristand-server.exe” start
  • This feature is further improved in VeriStand 2020 R6 to allow you to add arguments to deploy and undeploy system definition files. For example to deploy shipping example Engine Demo for VeriStand 2020.
“C:\Program Files (x86)\National Instruments\VeriStand 2020\veristand-server.exe” deploy “C:\Users\Public\Documents\National Instruments\NI VeriStand 2020\Examples\Stimulus Profile\Engine Demo\Engine Demo.nivssdf”

Additional Information

You can Execute Command Line Arguments from LabVIEW.
VeriStand 2019 and later has a project-wide setting called Privilege level which allows a project to be set to Operator mode and disabled system definition file edits. See How Do I Allow Only Operator Privileges in NI VeriStand? for more information.

Commands ran through the command line can be added to a .bat file for automated execution.

Additionally, a shortcut to the VeriStand.exe can be created with the opening arguments included.
For example, a shortcut to open VeriStand 2021 in operator mode can be created by specifying the Target: as:
"C:\Program Files\National Instruments\VeriStand 2021\VeriStand.exe" /operateonly