NI-VISA Features and Operating System Compatibility

Overview

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 Operating 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).

Note that this article replaces KnowledgeBase 2QDASEPG: What NI-VISA Features are Supported on my Operating System?. Some NI manuals may still reference the previous document. If you were redirected from the previous KnowledgeBase URL, please update your bookmarks accordingly.

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NI-VISA Features and Operating System Compatibility

Use this table to compare NI-VISA features compatibility with different OS
Feature Operating System
Windows Linux  OS X** NI Linux Real-Time
GPIB  
VXI    
RS-232
RS-485  
PCI
PXI    
TCP/IP
LXI Discovery  
Remote Client
Remote Server
ENET Serial
USB
VISA Interactive Control
NI I/O Trace  
Driver Development Wizard      

** NI-VISA for macOS supports only 64-bit applications

Supported Windows Operating Systems: Windows 11, Windows 10 (64-bit only), Windows Server 2022, Windows Server 2019, Windows Server 2016

Supported Linux Operating Systems: Ubuntu, 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: NI removed 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.

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

Compatible Version

Support limited to PXI and PXIe Targets

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