Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX) Version Installed with NI-DAQmx Drivers

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The article lists the majority of NI-DAQmx driver releases along with their corresponding versions of Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX) that were included with the installer. Additionally, some early releases also included Traditional NI-DAQ (Legacy), and are included here.

Note that this article replaces KnowledgeBase 4CCDQ4NO: What Version of Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX) Is Installed with the NI-DAQ and NI-DAQmx Drivers?. Some pages and NI manuals may still reference the previous document. If you were redirected from the previous KnowledgeBase URL, please update your bookmarks accordingly.

Table of Contents

  1. Read First: NI-DAQmx Compatibility with NI MAX
  2. Finding the Versions of NI MAX and NI-DAQmx Already Installed on your System
  3. NI MAX Version Installed with Each NI-DAQmx and NI-DAQ Driver Release
  4. Additional Resources

1. Read First: NI-DAQmx Compatibility with NI MAX

As you install and upgrade other NI software like LabVIEW, or other NI device drivers, your version of NI MAX will be upgraded if the installer contains a higher version. However, this alone will not break compatibility with NI-DAQmx. Higher versions of NI MAX will always support lower versions of NI-DAQmx. 

If you are experiencing issues, most frequently conflicts arise between the version of NI-DAQmx and LabVIEW installed, or the version of NI-DAQmx and the version of Microsoft Windows that it supports.

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2. Finding the Versions of NI MAX and NI-DAQmx Already Installed on your System

If you've already installed almost any NI software, you will have NI MAX installed on your system. Installing NI-DAQmx will also install NI MAX. To find the versions currently installed on your system:


The easiest way to tell which version of MAX you have installed is click Help»About from within MAX.


Expand My System»Software in NI MAX to find the version of NI-DAQ or NI-DAQmx installed.

Determine the Version of the NI Software Installed on My Computer further explains how to determine which NI software is currently installed on your system.

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3. NI MAX Version Installed with Each NI-DAQmx and NI-DAQ Driver Release

After the introduction of NI-DAQmx in 2003, Traditional NI-DAQ (Legacy), formerly NI-DAQ, was packaged into the same installer as NI-DAQmx. NI-DAQ 7.4 was the final driver release to include both drivers. Additional Traditional NI-DAQ (Legacy) solo installers are also listed below. See below for more information and download resources.

Use this table to compare versions of NI-DAQmx and NI-DAQ to NI MAX.
Driver Version MAX Version
NI-DAQ 7.0 MAX 3.0
NI-DAQ 7.0.1 MAX 3.0.1
NI-DAQ 7.1 MAX 3.0.2
NI-DAQ 7.2 MAX 3.1
NI-DAQ 7.3 MAX 3.1
NI-DAQ 7.4 MAX 3.1.1
Traditional NI-DAQ (Legacy) 7.4.1 MAX 4.0
Traditional NI-DAQ (Legacy) 7.4.4 MAX 4.2
NI-DAQmx 7.5 MAX 3.1.1
NI-DAQmx 8.0 MAX 4.0
NI-DAQmx 8.0.1 MAX 4.0
NI-DAQmx 8.1 MAX 4.0
NI-DAQmx 8.3 MAX 4.1
NI-DAQmx 8.3.1 MAX 4.1
NI-DAQmx 8.5 MAX 4.2
NI-DAQmx 8.6 MAX 4.3
NI-DAQmx 8.6.1 MAX 4.3
Traditional NI-DAQ (Legacy) 7.5 MAX 4.3
NI-DAQmx 8.7.1 MAX 4.4.1
NI-DAQmx 8.7.2 MAX 4.4.1
NI-DAQmx 8.8 MAX 4.5
NI-DAQmx 8.9 MAX 4.5
NI-DAQmx 8.9.5 MAX 4.6
NI-DAQmx 9.0 MAX 4.6.1
NI-DAQmx 9.0.1 MAX 4.6.1
NI-DAQmx 9.0.2 MAX 4.6.1
NI-DAQmx 9.1 MAX 4.6.2
NI-DAQmx 9.1.1 MAX 4.6.2
NI-DAQmx 9.1.5 MAX 4.7
NI-DAQmx 9.1.6 MAX 4.7
NI-DAQmx 9.1.7 MAX 4.7
NI-DAQmx 9.2 MAX 4.7.1
NI-DAQmx 9.2.1 MAX 4.7.1
NI-DAQmx 9.2.2 MAX 4.7.1
NI-DAQmx 9.2.3 MAX 4.7.4
NI-DAQmx 9.3 MAX 4.8
NI-DAQmx 9.4 MAX 5.0
NI-DAQmx 9.5 MAX 5.1
NI-DAQmx 9.5.1 MAX 5.1
NI-DAQmx 9.5.5 MAX 5.3.1
NI-DAQmx 9.6 MAX 5.3.1
NI-DAQmx 9.6.1 MAX 5.3.1
NI-DAQmx 9.7 MAX 5.4
NI-DAQmx 9.7.5 MAX 5.5
NI-DAQmx 9.8 MAX 5.5
NI-DAQmx 9.9 MAX 5.6
NI-DAQmx 14.0 MAX 14.0
NI-DAQmx 14.1 MAX 14.0
NI-DAQmx 14.2 MAX 14.0
NI-DAQmx 14.5 MAX 14.5
NI-DAQmx 14.5.1 MAX 14.5
NI-DAQmx 15.0.1 MAX 15.0
NI-DAQmx 15.1.1 MAX 15.0
NI-DAQmx 15.5 MAX 15.3
NI-DAQmx 15.5.1 MAX 15.3
NI-DAQmx 16.0 MAX 16.0
NI-DAQmx 16.1 MAX 16.0
NI-DAQmx 17.0 MAX 17.0
NI-DAQmx 17.1 MAX 17.0
NI-DAQmx 17.1.1 MAX 17.0
NI-DAQmx 17.5 MAX 17.5
NI-DAQmx 17.6 MAX 17.5
NI-DAQmx 18.0 MAX 18.0
NI-DAQmx 18.1 MAX 18.0

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4. Additional Resources


Traditional NI-DAQ (Legacy)

NI-DAQmx replaced Traditional NI-DAQ (Legacy) in 2003. NI strongly recommends using NI-DAQmx for new designs and migrating existing Traditional NI-DAQ (Legacy) applications to NI-DAQmx. Please review the Getting Started with NI-DAQmx guide for more information on migration.


As explained in Download the Latest Version of Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX), NI MAX cannot be downloaded by itself, and is instead recommended to be installed along with the software or drivers you intend to use.

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