Understanding NI Software Policies

Publish Date: Mar 12, 2018 | 328 Ratings | 3.61 out of 5 | Print


National Instruments provides different licensing options to meet your needs from application development to system deployment and debugging. All definitions are subject to the terms of the Standard License Agreement. You can find the agreement here: ni.com/legal/license.

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  1. Single Seat Users
  2. Volume License Users
  3. Additional Resources

1. Single Seat Users

A single seat user is an end user of our software who is not associated with a Volume License.


Use development licenses for creating new applications and programs.

Named-User License:  License for an individual user to run the software.  Also known as “user-based” license. With NI’s Named-User License, the software can be installed on up to 3 computers and can be running on only 1 computer at a time. This license option allows for an additional installation at home.

Computer-Based License:  One license per installation, also known as “host-based”, “seat-based”, or “node-locked”.  This license option allows for one additional installation at home.


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 debug licenses, see the NI Deployment and Debug Software Licenses


You may use the software only to fix issues on an application or system that has already been created with a development license. A debug license for a particular software product provides the permission to install that software on one computer.  To learn what software products have debug licenses, see the NI Deployment and Debug Software Licenses

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2. Volume License Users

In addition to the licenses available for Single Seat users, additional license types are available for end users associated with a NI Volume License Program..

Concurrent License:  Software installed on unlimited computers at certain sites, as long as no more than X instances of the software are in use at any given time, where X = the number of concurrent seats purchased.  License use is restricted to the Americas, Europe, or Asia and cannot cross continents. There are 2 types of concurrent licenses, managed and unmanaged.

Managed Concurrent License:  Access to the pool of licenses is restricted either by user or computer (Example: 10 LabVIEW Professional licenses only for Group A, 5 LabVIEW Full licenses for Group B, etc).

Unmanaged Concurrent License:  Access to the pool of licenses is unrestricted and available to any user or computer.  This option is not available for all NI License Programs.

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3. Additional Resources

Contact NI support or your local branch if you have questions or need further assistance to understand which license options are best for your company.

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