LabVIEW Life Cycle Policy

Through the LabVIEW Life Cycle Policy, you can access guidelines for better understanding and use of your NI product investment. This policy should help you answer common questions, such as When should I upgrade? What LabVIEW versions are supported? What support should I expect for LabVIEW versions? and so on. In addition, the LabVIEW Life Cycle Policy helps you plan migrations and maximize your resources.

For more information regarding OS support and timelines, visit the NI LabVIEW Operating System Support Roadmap.

Annual LabVIEW Releases

Effective in 2017, NI will be shifting the annual release of LabVIEW from August to May. Because of this change in schedule, NI will not release a service pack for LabVIEW 2016. Please be aware that this change impacts only the service pack release of LabVIEW 2016—NI will continue to release patches for LabVIEW 2016 to provide immediate bug fixes. NI will also continue to release service packs for future releases of LabVIEW. For users that upgrade LabVIEW versions with the release of a service pack because of a risk threshold, this change could impact timelines for upgrading to LabVIEW 2016. To upgrade to LabVIEW 2016, NI recommends using the latest released patch for LabVIEW 2016 as it contains critical bug fixes. If adopting this patch does not meet your requirements, NI recommends you upgrade to LabVIEW 2015 SP1 or temporarily delay updates until the next LabVIEW service pack release.

LabVIEW Life Cycle Policy Phases

As of August in: 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
LabVIEW 2012                
LabVIEW 2013                
LabVIEW 2014                
LabVIEW 2015                
LabVIEW 2016                
  • â–Current Release Support
  • â–Mainstream Support
  • â–Extended Support

The LabVIEW Life Cycle Policy encompasses three phases with varying support levels and timelines.

LabVIEW Life Cycle Policy

  Current Release Support Mainstream Support Extended Support
Technical Support      
Online technical support, including Knowledge-Base, online forums, white papers, NI Developer Zone, and more
Access to paid technical support programs, including the NI Support-Only Service Program and Standard Service -2
Paid upgrade assistance
Hardware Support1      
Current device driver distributions continue to install support -2
Support for new embedded LabVIEW targets (real-time controllers and FPGA devices) -2 -
LabVIEW service packs/maintenance releases (scheduled updates and fixes) - -
LabVIEW patches at NI discretion (off-cycle fixes)3 -2
Product available for purchase
(upon request)

1 See specific details on hardware support and drivers on the Drivers and Updates Page. Device driver distributions are tested on the most current version of the specific LabVIEW release (for example, the most current version for LabVIEW 8.2.x and for LabVIEW 8.5.x are 8.2.1 and 8.5.1, respectively)

2 Available only through long-term service contract

3 Contact your local field representative

LabVIEW Life Cycle Dates

Version Current Release Support
(release date)
Mainstream Support
(end date)
Extended Support
(end date)
LabVIEW 7.1 March 2004 August 20091 Ongoing
LabVIEW 8.0 August 2005 August 20082 Ongoing
LabVIEW 8.2 August 2006 August 2010 Ongoing
LabVIEW 8.5 August 2007 August 2011 Ongoing
LabVIEW 8.6 August 2008 August 2012 Ongoing
LabVIEW 2009 August 2009 August 2013 Ongoing
LabVIEW 2010 August 2010 August 2014 Ongoing
LabVIEW 2011 August 2011 August 2015 Ongoing
LabVIEW 2012 August 2012 August 2016 Ongoing
LabVIEW 2013 August 2013 August 2017 Ongoing
LabVIEW 2014 August 2014 August 2018 Ongoing
LabVIEW 2015 August 2015 August 2019 Ongoing
LabVIEW 2016 August 2016 August 2020 Ongoing


1 LabVIEW 7.1 mainstream support was extended to August 2009.

2 LabVIEW 8.0 had a shorter mainstream support phase.

For Additional Information on Service and Support

Contact NI Global Services for more information and access to additional services designed to meet needs throughout the application life cycle – from planning and development to deployment and ongoing maintenance.