Install NI Academic Software for Mac OS X and Linux

Publish Date: Dec 07, 2015 | 9 Ratings | 2.67 out of 5 | Print

Overview

National Instruments provides development support for LabVIEW and selected add-ons with Mac OS X and Linux®. This paper outlines these offerings for academic institutions as well as how to gain access to the software.

Table of Contents

  1. NI Support for Mac OS X
  2. NI Support for Linux®
  3. Obtaining a Copy of the Software
  4. Distributing NI Mac and Linux® Software to Students

 

Note to Students:

National Instruments does not recommend using the Mac OS X version of LabVIEW to communicate to NI hardware. To properly access the hardware drivers, NI recommends using Boot Camp to natively run Microsoft Windows on a machine running Mac OS X and using the Windows version of LabVIEW.

To install LabVIEW for Mac OS or Linux®, you must obtain a copy of the software to install it. LabVIEW for Mac OS X and LabVIEW for Linux® are shipped in activated states and thus are not posted for download at ni.com. To obtain a copy of LabVIEW for Mac OS X, you must purchase it through one of NI’s distributors such as Studica. Alternatively, if your school has purchased the Student Install Option with an Academic Site License you can obtain the Mac OS software from your license administrator. The Student Install Option through the purchase of an Academic Site License is the only option for student use of NI LabVIEW for Linux®.

 

1. NI Support for Mac OS X

The LabVIEW Development Environment as well as the following add-ons are supported on Mac OS X:

  • LabVIEW Toolkit for LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT
  • LabVIEW Control Design and Simulation Module
  • LabVIEW MathScript RT Module

National Instruments does not recommend using the Mac OS X version of LabVIEW to communicate to NI hardware. To properly access the hardware drivers, NI recommends using Boot Camp to natively run Microsoft Windows on a machine running Mac OS X and using the Windows version of LabVIEW.

For more information on National Instruments offerings for Mac OS X visit ni.com/mac/.

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2. NI Support for Linux®

The LabVIEW Development Environment as well as the following add-ons are supported on Linux®:

  • LabVIEW Application Builder for Linux
  • LabVIEW Control Design and Simulation Module
  • LabVIEW MathScript RT Module
  • LabVIEW VI Analyzer Toolkit
  • LabVIEW Internet Toolkit

National Instruments also provides multi-device drivers that support a variety of I/O hardware with Linux®.

For more information on National Instruments offerings for Linux® visit ni.com/linux/.

For more information on developing applications with LabVIEW for Linux® visit ni.com/white-paper/11786/en/.

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3. Obtaining a Copy of the Software

If you want to use LabVIEW for Mac OS or LabVIEW for Linux®, you must obtain a physical copy of the software to install it. LabVIEW for Mac OS and LabVIEW for Linux® are shipped in their activated states and thus are not posted for download at ni.com.

The Mac and Linux® software is included with the purchase of an Academic Site License. If you need a copy of the DVDs that contain the Mac and Linux® software, please Contact NI.

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4. Distributing NI Mac and Linux® Software to Students

If you have purchased the Student Install Option with your Academic Site License, students are entitled to the Windows, Mac OS X and Linux® versions of the NI Software included. Students can download the Windows version of the software from ni.com. They must obtain the Mac OS X and Linux® software from the Academic Software License administrator.

Alternatively, students can purchase the NI LabVIEW Student Edition for Windows and Mac OS X through one of NI’s distributors.

 

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