LabVIEW 2018 Service Pack 1 Readme for macOS

September 2018

This file contains important information about LabVIEW 2018 Service Pack 1 (SP1) for macOS, including system requirements, installation instructions, known issues, and a partial list of bugs fixed. LabVIEW 2018 SP1 for macOS is available only in 64-bit.

Refer to the NI website for the latest information about LabVIEW.

Refer to the labview/readme directory for readme files about LabVIEW add-ons, such as modules and toolkits.

System Requirements

Installation Instructions

Product Security and Critical Updates

Supported Modules and Toolkits

Supported Drivers

Known Issues

Bug Fixes

Accessing the Help

Legal Information

System Requirements

LabVIEW 2018 SP1 for macOS has the following requirements:

macOS Run-Time Engine Development Environment
Processor Intel-based processor Intel-based processor
RAM 256 MB 2 GB
Screen Resolution 1024 x 768 pixels 1024 x 768 pixels
Operating System macOS 10.12 or 10.13 macOS 10.12 or 10.13
Disk Space 257 MB 1.4 GB for the complete installation
Temporary Files Directory N/A LabVIEW uses a directory for storing temporary files. NI recommends that you have several megabytes of disk space available for this temporary directory.
File System Case-insensitive Case-insensitive
  • LabVIEW 2018 SP1 for macOS is available only in 64-bit.
  • LabVIEW and LabVIEW Run-Time Engine require 64-bit processors which support SSE2 instructions.

Installation Instructions

Complete the following steps to install and activate LabVIEW for macOS.

Are you installing LabVIEW for the first time? Insert the LabVIEW installation media and follow the onscreen instructions to install LabVIEW. To omit some of these files, click Customize on the Installation Type page.

To install LabVIEW modules and toolkits, refer to the readme of each product for installation instructions. The LabVIEW VI Analyzer Toolkit installs with the LabVIEW Professional Development System for macOS.

You can install NI device drivers from

Are you upgrading from a previous version of LabVIEW? Refer to the LabVIEW Upgrade Notes for information about protecting existing VIs and projects before installing a new version of LabVIEW, as well as upgrade and compatibility issues and a complete list of new features in LabVIEW 2018.

Note  If you purchased this product with an NI Software Suite or NI Product Bundle, use the installation media that shipped with your purchase to install this product.

Product Security and Critical Updates

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Supported Modules and Toolkits

LabVIEW 2018 SP1 for macOS supports the following modules and toolkits.

  • Control Design and Simulation Module1
  • MathScript RT Module2
  • VI Analyzer Toolkit3
  • Application Builder3

1 The Control Design and Simulation Module does not support the System Identification VIs, System Identification Assistant, and Control Design Assistant.

2 The MathScript RT Module does not support the libraries class of MathScript RT Module functions.

3 The VI Analyzer Toolkit and Application Builder install with the LabVIEW Professional Development System. For the LabVIEW Full Development System, you can purchase and install the VI Analyzer Toolkit and Application Builder with their own separate media.

Refer to the readme of each product for more information about system requirements, installation instructions, and activation.

Supported Drivers

LabVIEW 2018 SP1 for macOS supports the following drivers. To use hardware with LabVIEW 2018 SP1, install the latest version of the driver for the device.

  • NI-488.2
  • NI-DAQmx Base

Refer to the readme of each driver for more information about system requirements and installation instructions.

Known Issues

You can access the software and documentation known issues list online. Refer to the NI website for an up-to-date list of known issues in LabVIEW 2018 and LabVIEW 2018 SP1.

Bug Fixes

The following items are the IDs and titles of a subset of issues fixed in LabVIEW 2018 SP1. This is not an exhaustive list of issues fixed in the current version of LabVIEW. If you have a CAR ID, you can search this list to validate that the issue has been fixed.

ID Fixed Issue
708128 Undefined data types do not resolve with Malleable VIs.
705899 LabVIEW crashes when using string control with the Python Node.
705605 Separately compiled code takes longer to load with mismatched bitness.
701083 Error Ring will not accept %$ String modifiers.
691392 Searching for text crashes LabVIEW.
687308 Class constants/controls appear grey on block diagram but VI's run arrow is unbroken.
677536 Mouse cursor does not scale properly with DPI settings.

Accessing the Help

Refer to the LabVIEW Help, accessible by selecting Help»LabVIEW Help from LabVIEW, for information about LabVIEW 2018 SP1.

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