NI IVI Compliance Package 17.0 Readme

May 2017

This file contains important information about the IVI Compliance Package (ICP), including installation instructions, new features, a partial list of bugs fixed for ICP 17.0, and known issues.

About IVI Compliance Package

Installed Components

System Requirements

NI Application Software Support

Installation Instructions

Uninstall Considerations

LabWindows/CVI Version Support

Product Security and Critical Updates

New Features and Bug Fixes

Driver Version Naming Changes

Known Issues

Known Incompatibilities

Automating the Installation of NI Products

Using NI Software with Microsoft Windows 10

Using NI Software with Microsoft Windows 8.1

LabVIEW NXG Support and Considerations

NI Software Support for Microsoft Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003 R2

Legal Information

About IVI Compliance Package

The IVI Compliance Package is a software package that contains the IVI class drivers and support libraries necessary to develop and use applications that leverage IVI instrument interchangeability. The IVI Compliance Package also is based on and is compliant with the latest version of the instrument programming specifications defined by the IVI Foundation. You can use the IVI class drivers in the IVI Compliance Package with IVI specific drivers.

IVI class drivers implement functions and attributes for controlling an instrument within a specified class, as defined by the IVI Foundation. The IVI Compliance Package provides IVI class drivers for the following specifications:

  • IviACPwr
  • IviCounter
  • IviDCPwr
  • IviDigitizer
  • IviDmm
  • IviDownconverter
  • IviFgen
  • IviPwrMeter
  • IviRFSigGen
  • IviScope
  • IviSpecAn
  • IviSwtch
  • IviUpconverter

IVI specific drivers are drivers for the most popular instruments from all of the currently defined IVI Foundation classes and from the largest instrument manufacturers including National Instruments, Keysight Technologies, and Tektronix. You can create IVI specific drivers yourself, or download them from

Installed Components

Depending on the software support you select when you install ICP 17.0, the installation includes one or more of the following components:

  • IVI class drivers
  • IVI class simulation drivers
  • IVI class driver LabWindows/CVI support
  • IVI class driver wrappers for LabVIEW 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017
  • IVI class driver examples for LabWindows/CVI, LabVIEW, and Measurement Studio
  • IVI-COM adapters (32-bit only)
  • IVI Shared Components 2.4.2
  • IVI configuration plug-in for Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX) 4.7 and later
  • Documentation

System Requirements

ICP has the following requirements:

  • Windows 10/8.11/7 SP12
  • Windows Embedded Standard 7 SP12
  • Windows Server 2012 R21
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP12

Note  ICP supports only R2 editions for Windows Server.

1 NI software installs VC2015 Runtime and .NET 4.6.2. Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 require Microsoft updates to support these items. Refer to Microsoft KB2919442 and KB2919355 for more information about how to install these updates.

2 NI software is signed with a SHA-256 certificate. Windows 7 SP1, Windows Embedded Standard 7 SP1, and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 require Microsoft updates to support SHA-256. Refer to Microsoft KB3033929 for more information about how to install this security update.

NI Application Software Support

The following table lists the NI application software versions, including service packs, supported by ICP.

NI Application SoftwareVersions Supported by IVI Compliance Package
NI LabVIEW 2014 or later
NI LabWindows™/CVI™ LabWindows/CVI version 7.1 or later

Installation Instrucbtions

ICP is included in the National Instruments Device Drivers media. A stand-alone web distribution version is available on

Before installing ICP 17.0, consider the following issues:

  • For compatibility reasons, ICP 17.0 installation process enables write permissions for the IVI Standard Root directories (defaults: Program Files\IVI Foundation\IVI and Program Files(x86)\IVI Foundation\IVI) on Windows 7 Service Pack 1, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 systems.
  • National Instruments recommends that you close all other applications before you install ICP 17.0.

To install the stand-alone, web-only ICP, complete the following steps:

  1. Download the ICP 17.0 self-extracting archive file from by navigating through the Drivers and Updates link.
  2. Double-click the self-extracting archive file to launch the installer.
  3. Click OK to begin installation.
  4. Follow the directions that appear on the screen.


  • ICP 17.0 stand-alone, web-only distribution does not install NI I/O Trace (formerly known as NI-Spy) or MAX. You can install NI I/O Trace and MAX using several other National Instruments products, including the NI Device Drivers media.
  • The installation directory for LabWindows/CVI IVI Class examples and IVI Class Simulation drivers has been changed. The new installation directory is <All Users>\Documents\National Instruments\CVI\Samples\IVI directory.
  • ICP 3.2 and later versions include IVI-COM adapters, which enable users to use IVI-C and IVI-COM specific drivers interchangeably in the same 32-bit application. For more information on IVI-COM adapters, refer to the IVI-C Class Driver Support for IVI-COM Specific Drivers document.
  • ICP 4.5 and later versions install alternate FP and SUB files for the IviFgen class driver in order to support setting 64-bit integer attributes. For more information, refer to KnowledgeBase 5WOA752F: Issue Setting IviFgen Attribute ID Using Get/Set/CheckAttributeViInt64 Functions.
  • If you use ICP 4.5 or later to build a driver, it will work on a system that has ICP 2.5 or later. In addition, all specific drivers on IDNet have been rebuilt with ICP 4.6.1.

Uninstall Considerations

Complete the following steps to uninstall ICP 17.0:

  1. From the Control Panel, select Uninstall a Program.
  2. Select National Instruments Software.
  3. Select NI IVI Compliance Package 17.0.
  4. Click Remove.

Note: After you uninstall ICP 17.0, the IVI Shared Components remain on the system. To remove the remaining components, right-click IVI Shared Components 2.4.2 and select Uninstall/Change.

Note: If you installed ICP 17.0 as part of another distribution that depends on ICP 17.0, you cannot uninstall ICP 17.0 without uninstalling the dependent product.

LabWindows/CVI Version Support

The IVI Compliance Package provides support only for the latest version of LabWindows/CVI installed on your computer. If you install the IVI Compliance Package on a computer with LabWindows/CVI installed, upgrade to a later version of LabWindows/CVI, complete the following steps to modify the IVI Compliance Package installation to get IVI support for the later version of LabWindows/CVI:

  1. From the Control Panel, select Uninstall a Program.
  2. Select National Instruments Software.
  3. Select NI IVI Compliance Package 17.0 and click Modify.
  4. For the LabWindows/CVI Support feature under IVI Class Drivers, select Remove this feature and complete the installation.
  5. Repeat steps 1ֳ.
  6. For the LabWindows/CVI Support feature under IVI Class Drivers, select Install this feature to a local drive and complete the installation.

This process removes IVI class driver support for the previous version of LabWindows/CVI and adds this support for the later version of LabWindows/CVI.

Product Security and Critical Updates

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New Features and Bug Fixes

This release includes the following new features and bug fixes:

  • Upgrade compiler and VC runtime to msvc-14.0
  • Update IVI-COM Fgen adapter to work with the IVI Shared Components 2.4.2
  • [Class Driver] Fix broken APIs in IviFgen class wrapper APIs
  • [Class Driver] Fix missing IviRFSigGen QueryArbWaveformCapabilities on palette
  • Upgrade copyright string for LV and CVI class driver and examples

Driver Version Naming Changes

IVI Compliance Package (ICP) versions are now aligned with the versions of major NI application software products. This alignment gives you information about the year the driver was released and the most recent software version the driver was designed to work with. Driver versions now start with a two-digit year indicator: <ProductName><Year-BasedVersion>. For example, ICP 17.0 is the version released with LabVIEW 2017. The last version released under the old numbering scheme is ICP 4.6.1. The first version released under the new numbering scheme is ICP 14.0.

Known Issues

  • When installing a user-built distribution configured for distribution media smaller than 200MB that includes a Modular Instruments Run-Time distribution, an installation error might occur. Please refer to KnowledgeBase 5CT96RW1: NI IVI Engine Installation Failure When Included in User-Built Distribution for more information.
  • If IVI Shared Components 2.4.2 or later is already installed when the ICP 17.0 installer is run, the IVI Shared Components feature(s) in the feature tree will not be displayed.
  • Because it has a ViInt64 attribute, the IviDigitizer Class Driver function panel file is in the CVI 8.5 format, which is incompatible with LabWindows/CVI versions prior to 8.5. Due to a known issue in LabWindows/CVI 8.5, the Get/Set/Check Attribute function panels do not display the enumerated values in the "Attribute Value" field when the FP format is 8.5. To enter a value manually, you may press "Ctrl+T". Because of this known issue, CVI 9.0.1 or later is recommended for use with the IviDigitizer FP file.
  • In the IVI Configuration Utility in MAX, the NI-DAQ™mx devices (both simulated devices and physical devices) will appear in the Resource Descriptor list in the Hardware Assets table only if you have NI-DAQ™mx 9.2 or later installed.
  • National Instruments IVI libraries, tools, and utilities support only single-byte character strings. You cannot use multi-byte characters, such as those commonly used in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean operating systems. Only single-byte characters, such as ASCII characters, may be passed to IVI function calls, used to set directory paths, and used to create entries in the MAX IVI Configuration Utility.
  • NI-Spy is now known as NI I/O Trace. Images in the National Instruments IVI Driver Help continue to reflect the NI-Spy name. However, the general functionality depicted in the images remains the same.

Known Incompatibilities

  • The IVI Specific Driver Test Suite in LabWindows/CVI 2009 requires ICP 4.1 or later.
  • The IVI Specific Driver Test Suite in LabWindows/CVI 2010 SP1 or later requires ICP 4.5 or later.

Automating the Installation of NI Products

You can automate the installation of most NI products using command-line arguments to suppress some or all of the installer user interface and dialog boxes. However, starting with the August 2012 releases (products using NI Installers version 3.1 or later), you may need to perform additional steps before or during a silent installation of NI software.

If the NI product you are installing uses Microsoft .NET 4.0, the .NET installer may run before any NI software installs and may require a reboot before the installation of NI software begins. To avoid a .NET reboot, install .NET 4.0 separately before you install NI software.

For more information about automating the installation of NI products, refer to the following KnowledgeBase articles:

Using NI Software with Microsoft Windows 10

Microsoft Windows 10 is the latest version of the Windows operating system and features significant changes compared to previous versions. Windows 10 introduces several new capabilities and also combines features from both Windows 7 and Windows 8. For more information about NI support for Windows 10,

Using NI Software with Microsoft Windows 8.1

When you install National Instruments software on Microsoft Windows 8.1, you will notice a few additional tiles in the Apps view, including shortcuts to NI application software products such as NI LabVIEW, Measurement & Automation Explorer (NI MAX), and NI Launcher. For more information about NI support for Windows 8.1, visit

LabVIEW NXG Support and Considerations

The following sections detail considerations for using LabVIEW NXG with ICP 17.0.

LabVIEW NXG Operating Systems and System Requirements

Software support for LabVIEW NXG differs in the following ways:

  • System requirements—Only 64-bit (x64) processors are supported.
  • Operating system—Only 64-bit operating systems are supported. Refer to the Supported Operating Systems section for more information.

Installing ICP for LabVIEW NXG

NI automates LabVIEW NXG installation using a package manager. Complete the following steps to install ICP 17.0 for LabVIEW NXG.

  1. Visit and enter the info code NXGDownload to access the LabVIEW NXG download page.
  2. Click Download LabVIEW NXG 1.0.
  3. NI Package Manager installs, then automatically opens a download window.
  4. Select LabVIEW NXG Suite and click the green Install button.
  5. Select LabVIEW NXG 1.0 and ICP 17.0.
  6. Complete the installer instructions to download LabVIEW NXG 1.0 and ICP 17.0.


View context help in LabVIEW by pressing <Ctrl-H> and hovering over an object.

Search for items using the search bar in the upper right corner of the LabVIEW window. You can also view context help for the search results.

Additional documentation is available online at

LabVIEW NXG Examples

Launch LabVIEW and click the Learning tab.

LabVIEW lessons are located in the Lessons tab, and LabVIEW Examples are located in the Examples tab. Follow the instructions in the lessons and examples.

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