NI-VISA Features and Operating System Compatibility


This page shows supported features of the NI-VISA hardware driver with different operating systems. Reference this information to ensure the NI-VISA feature of interest is supported on your operating system, when upgrading or updating your operating system, or when migrating or porting code to a new system. Using incompatible versions may result in errors, the inability for your Operative System to recognize or detect and then find a driver for your device, or missing devices in Windows Device Manager or NI Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX).

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NI-VISA features and Operative System Compatibility

Use this table to compare NI-VISA features compatibility with different OS
Feature Operative System
Windows  Linux  OS X NI Linux Real-Time NI-ETS (Phar Lap*) LVRT VxWorks*
LXI Discovery      
Remote Client
Remote Server
ENET Serial


Compatible Version


* NI will remove support for Phar Lap for cRIO in the NI 2020 Software Release and for PXI in the NI 2022 Software Release. For more information, please see the Phar Lap RT OS EOL Road Map.

Supported Windows Operating Systems: Windows 7/8 (32/64-bit), Vista/XP (32-bit ONLY) Supported Linux Operating Systems: OpenSUSE, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Scientific Linux Note: VISA TCP/IP resources cannot be added under VxWorks or NI Linux RT targets in MAX, they must be referenced programmatically in LabVIEW. 

Note: The utilities provided by NI-VISA are 32-bit only.