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Licensing Options

National Instruments provides different licensing options to meet your needs, from application development to system deployment. National Instruments offers named-user licenses for development purposes, and computer-based licenses for debug and deployment purposes. Understanding these options helps you efficiently manage your software assets and get the most out of your investment.

Development License

You can use the development licenses for creating new applications and programs. National Instruments development licenses follow a named-user or computer-based licensing policy. A named-user license is tied to an individual user who can install the software on up to three business computers at any given time, in addition to a single home computer. The software may be executing on only one computer at a time. A computer-based license is tied to a single business computer with single or multiple users and a single home computer. You can transfer the software between computers by first uninstalling it from the original computer.

Development License Options
  Usage Policy1 Tracking Mechanism

Named-User License

License tied to a single user

Software may be installed on three business computers at any given time

Software may additionally be install on one home computer

Software may execute on only one computer at a time

Product Activation via NI License Manager and the Activation Wizard

Computer-Based License

License tied to a single computer

Number of users on computer is not limited

Software may additionally be installed on one home computer

Product Activation via NI License Manager and the Activation Wizard

Named-User and Computer-Based Volume License

License purchased through the Volume License Program (VLP)

A minimum of five licenses and yearly software maintenance is required

Each license follows the same usage rules as single named-user and computer-based licenses

Central License Management through NI Volume License Manager (NI VLM) or FLEXlm Server

Concurrent Volume License

License purchased through VLP

A minimum of five licenses and yearly software maintenance is required

License is used as managed (restricted) or unmanaged (no restrictions) and named-user or computer-based license

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Central License Management through NI Volume License Manager (NI VLM) or FLEXlm Server

1For additional information on software usage policies, see the NI Software License Agreement.


Debug License

A debug license for a particular software product provides the permission to install that software on one computer. You may use the software only to fix issues on an application or system that has already been created with a development license. You typically use debug licenses when you have deployed an application and you need to periodically resolve issues with the code.

To learn what software products have debug licenses, see the NI Deployment and Debug Software Licenses.

Deployment License

A deployment license is required for distributing applications developed using a particular software product. You must purchase one deployment license for each target computer on which the application will run.

To learn what software products have deployment licenses, see the NI Deployment and Debug Software Licenses.

Note: The supported products list may not be exhaustive. Consult the product documentation for complete information on available licenses.