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.

LabVIEW Annual Releases

Since 2006, National Instruments has annually released a new version of LabVIEW each August to establish a more predictable release schedule. This gives LabVIEW users the ability to better plan new developments and upgrades to future releases. In addition, in 2009, NI changed the product name to LabVIEW + year (for example, LabVIEW 2009) reflecting the year of the release and setting the stage for future annual releases of LabVIEW. NI offers Current Release Support and Mainstream Support for the latest 4 versions of the software.

LabVIEW Life Cycle Policy Phases

As of August in: 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
LabVIEW 2011                
LabVIEW 2012                
LabVIEW 2013                
LabVIEW 2014                
LabVIEW 2015                
  • 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


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.