What Is LabVIEW?

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


What Can I Do with LabVIEW?

For the past 35 years, LabVIEW has been engineers’ tool of choice for developing automated test systems. From performing a simple voltage measurement to advancing space missions, discover how LabVIEW can advance your next project:

Benefits 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.

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

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LabVIEW Editions

LabVIEW is available in three editions, which scale in features and capabilities to meet your application requirements. LabVIEW licenses are sold as one-year subscriptions that include access to online training, degreed engineers for technical support, and software updates. Perpetual licenses are available.

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.

LabVIEW Full

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Recommended for applications that require advanced analysis or signal processing.



Includes Base capabilities plus:


  • Advanced analysis algorithms for curve fitting, differential equations, linear algebra, and more.
  • Signal processing functions for signal measurement, filtering, conditioning, and more.
  • Signal generation, operations, and control functions with PID and fuzzy logic.

LabVIEW Professional

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Recommended for programmers that want tools for software engineering, code deployment, distribution, and reporting.


Includes Full capabilities plus:


  • The Application Builder for creating (royalty-free) stand-alone applications for deployment.
  • Software engineering tools for code comparison and analysis.
  • The Report Generation Toolkit for preparing data with Microsoft Office.
  • The Database Connectivity Toolkit for connecting to local and remote databases.

Standard Service Program Included in All Editions

Every purchase of LabVIEW includes a one-year membership to the Standard Service Program (SSP) for software. SSP provides access to degreed engineers for technical support, online training, and software updates.


What’s New in LabVIEW?

LabVIEW 2021 aims to continuously boost your productivity with new features that improve interoperability with Python and MATLAB, developing Real-Time and FPGA applications, and software engineering. Additionally, this release includes enhancements in block diagram wiring and front panel visualizations plus preventing automatic application execution.

LabVIEW users with an active SSP membership are eligible to upgrade to LabVIEW 2021. Don't have an active membership? Renew your SSP today to get the latest LabVIEW versions.