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What Is LabVIEW?

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LabVIEW is a graphical programming environment engineers use to develop automated research, validation, and production test systems.

Product Features

Graphical Programming for Test and Measurement

LabVIEW has what you need to build automated test systems, fast.

  • Thousands of available analysis functions
  • Configurable, interactive display elements
  • Drivers for automating every instrument and data acquisition hardware
  • Connectivity to other languages and industry-standard protocols

Meet LabVIEW 2023 Q3


Zoom in and out on the block diagram. Save time with new usability improvements, such as Quick Change and double-click to wire. Track dependencies with JKI Dragon. LabVIEW 2023 Q3 is better than ever.



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LabVIEW Editions

LabVIEW is available in three editions and is a part of the Test Workflow bundle, which scale in features and capabilities to meet your application requirements. Consider the Test Workflow bundle for LabVIEW and more NI Software. Licenses are sold as one-year subscriptions that include access to online training, degreed engineers for technical support, and software updates.

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LabVIEW Base

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Recommended for building simple test and measurement applications.



Includes the standard capabilities of LabVIEW:


  • Acquire data from NI and third-party hardware and communicate using industry protocols
  • Create interactive UIs for test monitoring and control.
  • Utilize standard math, probability, and statistical functions
  • Integrate code written in Python, C/C++, .NET, and MathWorks MATLAB® software
  • Save data to .csv, .tdms, or any custom-defined binary file

Test Workflow Standard

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Recommended for applications that require hardware automation, data analysis, automated reporting, and remote access to test.




  • LabVIEW Full, with tools for advanced analysis and signal processing
  • G Web Development Software, for building web applications for test
  • DIAdem Advanced, for measurement data search, visualization, analysis, and creating automated reports
  • FlexLogger, for performing data acquisition with NI hardware without needing to do any coding


Test Workflow Pro

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Recommended for applications that need test sequencing, more data visualization capabilities, and advanced analysis features.


Includes Test Workflow Standard Software, plus:


  • LabVIEW Professional, with tools for creating stand-alone applications, database connectivity, and reporting for Microsoft Office
  • TestStand, for developing test sequences for validation and production test stations
  • DIAdem Professional, for advanced data visualization and analysis

Service Included With All Editions

Every purchase of LabVIEW includes software services such as access to current and historical versions, technical support, and online training.

Learn Faster with LabVIEW Training

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With your subscription to LabVIEW, you get on-demand access to LabVIEW Core 1, which you can use to learn the basics of how to develop applications in the LabVIEW programming environment.

Continue Building LabVIEW Skills with Additional Training

To expand on the skills you learned in LabVIEW Core 1, you can also purchase courses individually using Education Services Credits or save money taking multiple courses with a Training Membership. The following recommended courses can help you learn to do more, even faster, with LabVIEW. 

LabVIEW Core 2

The LabVIEW Core 2 Course teaches you the basics of how to implement and distribute your custom LabVIEW applications.

Data Acquisition

Data Acquisition Using NI-DAQmx and LabVIEW helps you explore the basics of data acquisition using sensors, NI data acquisition hardware, and LabVIEW.

LabVIEW Core 3

The LabVIEW Core 3 Course introduces you to structured practices to design, implement, document, and test LabVIEW applications.

Object-Oriented Design and Programming

The Object-Oriented Design and Programming in LabVIEW Course covers the fundamental concepts of object-oriented design (OOD) and programming.

The move to a COTS approach using PXI and LabVIEW was critical to this production test success at Philips. The combination of best-in-class modular hardware along with industry-standard software was pivotal to the millions of dollars and hundreds of hours saved in production test engineering.

Neil Evans

Senior Manager, Philips

Advantages of Standardizing on LabVIEW

LabVIEW is the key for accelerating test. After selecting NI, with LabVIEW as the foundation for test, L3 has increased its engineering performance with improvements in development time, downtime, and code reuse.


Improvement in development times


Reduction of beta test downtime


Code reuse across similar products

                              L3 merged with Harris in 2019 and is now L3Harris.


What’s New in LabVIEW?

LabVIEW keeps getting better. We’re excited to announce the release of LabVIEW 2023 Q3, which comes with exciting new features including zoom, access to JKI Dragon, and many more usability improvements.

  • Zoom in and out to up to 250% on the block diagram

  • Access to JKI Dragon for tracking and installing VIPM dependencies while opening a project

  • Quick Change feature for faster object creation

  • Four animation speeds of execution highlighting to choose from 

  • Double-click gesture when wiring to create control or indicator

  • Faster rebuilding of applications and packed project libraries

  • And more!

LabVIEW Roadmap

The Test Workflow roadmap, which includes information about LabVIEW, gives you a first look at some of the exciting improvements we have planned for NI software. See what’s next and complete the survey to let us know what features are most important to you.

Upcoming LabVIEW Features