Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX) Version Installed with NI-DAQmx Drivers


This article lists the most recent NI-DAQmx driver releases, along with their corresponding versions of Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX) that were included with the installer. Additionally, some older releases, including Traditional NI-DAQ (Legacy), are included in a downloadable file.

Note: Traditional NI-DAQ (Legacy), formerly NI-DAQ, was packaged into the same installer as NI-DAQmx in 2003. NI-DAQ 7.4 was the final driver release to include both drivers.


Read First: NI-DAQmx Compatibility with NI MAX

As you install and upgrade other NI software like LabVIEW, or other NI device drivers, your version of NI MAX will be upgraded if the installer contains a higher version. However, this alone will not break compatibility with NI-DAQmx. Higher versions of NI MAX will always support lower versions of NI-DAQmx. 

If you are experiencing issues, most frequently conflicts arise between the version of NI-DAQmx and LabVIEW installed, or the version of NI-DAQmx and the version of Microsoft Windows that it supports.

Finding the Versions of NI MAX and NI-DAQmx Already Installed on your System

If you've already installed almost any NI software, you will have NI MAX installed on your system. Installing NI-DAQmx will also install NI MAX. To find the versions currently installed on your system:


The easiest way to tell which version of MAX you have installed is click Help»About from within MAX.


Expand My System»Software in NI MAX to find the version of NI-DAQ or NI-DAQmx installed.

Determine the Version of the NI Software Installed on My Computer further explains how to determine which NI software is currently installed on your system.

NI MAX Version Installed with Each NI-DAQmx and NI-DAQ Driver Release

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

Use this table to compare versions of NI-DAQmx and NI-DAQ to NI MAX

Driver VersionMAX Version
NI-DAQmx 21.8MAX 21.8
NI-DAQmx 21.3MAX 21.0
NI-DAQmx 21.0MAX 21.0
NI-DAQmx 20.5MAX 20.5
NI-DAQmx 20.1MAX 20.0
NI-DAQmx 20.0MAX 20.0
NI-DAQmx 19.6MAX 19.0
NI-DAQmx 19.5MAX 19.0
NI-DAQmx 19.1.1MAX 19.0
NI-DAQmx 19.1MAX 19.0
NI-DAQmx 19.0MAX 19.0
NI-DAQmx 18.6MAX 18.5
NI-DAQmx 18.5MAX 18.5
NI-DAQmx 18.1.1MAX 18.0
NI-DAQmx 18.1MAX 18.0
NI-DAQmx 18.0MAX 18.0

Additional Resources


Traditional NI-DAQ (Legacy)

NI-DAQmx replaced Traditional NI-DAQ (Legacy) in 2003. NI strongly recommends using NI-DAQmx for new designs and migrating existing Traditional NI-DAQ (Legacy) applications to NI-DAQmx. Please review the Getting Started with NI-DAQmx guide for more information on migration.


As explained in Download the Latest Version of Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX), NI MAX cannot be downloaded by itself, and is instead recommended to be installed along with the software or drivers you intend to use.

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