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NI-488.2 Operating Systems Support

Overview

This page shows supported versions of the NI-488.2 driver for GPIB devices with the Microsoft Windows, MacOS and Linux operating systems. Reference this information to ensure you install the correct version 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 Windows to recognize or detect and then find a driver for your GPIB device, or missing devices in Windows Device Manager or NI Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX).

 

In the Downloads section at the bottom of this page, you can download a copy of these tables, which may include older software versions.

 

Note: NI has removed older NI-488.2 downloads from NI.com please see How to Download NI-488.2 Driver Prior to 17.6 for more information.

Contents

NI-488.2 and Microsoft Windows Desktop Operating System Compatibility Table

You should consider the compatibility of the application with which you intend to utilize the 488.2 drivers, not just the operating system. See the Related Links section for more information, and the 488.2 readme for compatibility information related to specific devices. 

For Service Pack (SP) requirements, refer to the following:

  • Windows XP: SP3 or greater
  • Windows Vista: SP2 or greater
  • Windows 7: SP1 or greater


For information about older NI-488.2 or Windows versions compatibility, see the 488.2 Windows Compatibility Table attachment in the Downloads section of this document.

Use this table to compare versions of NI-488.2 to compatible editions of Windows Desktop operating systems
NI‑488.2 Microsoft Windows - Desktop Versions
10 8.1 8 7 Vista XP
20.0        
19.5        
19.0        
18.5        
17.6        
17.0        
16.0      
15.5      
15.0        
14.0        
3.1        
3.0          
2.8          
2.7            
2.6            
2.5          
2.4          
2.3          
2.2          
2.1          
2.0          

Compatible Version

Service Pack Required

NI-488.2 and Microsoft Windows Server Operating System Compatibility Table

For information about older NI-488.2 or Windows versions compatibility, see the 488.2 Windows Compatibility Table attachment in the Downloads section of this document.

For Service Pack (SP) requirements, refer to the following:

  • Windows Server 2003 R2: SP2 or greater
  • Windows Server 2008 R2: SP1 or greater
Use this table to compare versions of NI-488.2 to compatible editions of Windows Server operating systems
NI‑488.2 Microsoft Windows - Server Editions
2016 2012 R22 2008 R22 2003 R21
20.0    
19.5      
19.0      
18.5      
17.6      
17.0      
16.0      
15.5      
15.0      
14.0      
3.1        
3.0    
2.8    
2.7        

32-bit only
2 64-bit only

Compatible Version

Service Pack Required

NI-488.2 and MacOS and Linux Operating System Compatibility Table

You should consider the compatibility of the application with which you intend to utilize the 488.2 drivers, not just the operating system. See the Related Links section for more information, and the 488.2 readme for compatibility information related to specific devices.

Note: See the 488.2 readme for compatible OS versions for each MacOS and Linux Operating System. 

Use this table to compare versions of NI-488.2 to compatible editions of macOS and Linux Desktop operating systems
NI‑488.2 MacOS Linux - Operating System
OS X Mandrake SuSE OpenSuSE Scientific CentOS Redhat
19.5              
19.0              
18.5              
18.0              
17.0              
15.5              
15.1              
14.1              
7.6.7              
3.2              
3.0              
2.9              
2.5              
2.4              
2.3              
2.2              
2.0              

Compatible Version