This file contains installation instructions and compatibility information for SystemLink.
You can find more release information on ni.com.
If you plan to use LabVIEW NXG, refer to LabVIEW NXG Support and Considerations.
Use SystemLink to discover and manage systems on a server. Create and deploy packages to all your managed systems. Leverage SystemLink data services to visualize data, trigger alarms, monitor tests, manage assets, and transfer files to a server. SystemLink TDM is a Big Analog Data™ solution for automated preparation and analysis of large amounts of data in various formats and structures.
SystemLink has the following minimum system requirements:
Windows, less than 50 nodes
Windows, 50+ nodes, SystemLink TDM
OS (64-bit only)
Windows Server 2019 R2
Windows Server 2016
Windows 10 or higher
Windows Server 2019 R2
Windows Server 2016
Windows 10 or higher
4-core recommended or higher
8-core recommended or higher
16 GB minimum
32+ GB recommended
32 GB minimum
64+ GB recommended
6 GB minimum
8+ GB recommended
16+ GB recommended
Note: SystemLink TDM does not support server versions from the Microsoft Semi-Annual Channel. In addition, SystemLink TDM does not support Windows Server Core mode.
NI Linux Real-Time
Windows 7 SP1 (64-bit) or higher
Windows 7 SP1 (32-bit) or higher
NI Linux Real-Time 2019, 2020
(Supports LabVIEW RT 2019, 2020, and NXG 5.0 and later)
Pentium 4 G1 (or equivalent) or later
All Intel and ARM models supported
2 GB minimum
4 GB recommended
512 MB minimum
1+ GB recommended
1 GB minimum
2+ GB recommended
Note: VxWorks and Phar Lap OS are not supported.
Note: SystemLink 2021 R2 does not support Microsoft Edge Legacy versions (version 44 and below).
Note: Refer to Unsupported Windows Operating Systems for more information about support for Microsoft Windows OSes.
For more information about the changes to our OS support, visit http://www.ni.com/r/win32bitsupport.
SystemLink 2021 R2 supports the following application software versions, including service packs.
|Application Software||Versions Supported by SystemLink|
|LabVIEW||2018 and later|
|LabVIEW RT||2018 and later|
|LabVIEW NXG||5.0 and later|
|TestStand||2014 and later|
|DIAdem||2015 and later (2021 recommended)|
|NI SystemLink Python SDK||3.8|
Download the SystemLink 2021 R2 installer from ni.com/downloads. NI software includes NI Package Manager to handle the installation. Refer to the NI Package Manager Manual for more information about installing, removing, and upgrading NI software using NI Package Manager.
Refer to the SystemLink Help, accessible from ni.com, for information about SystemLink.
Refer to the following SystemLink repositories on GitHub for SystemLink code examples:
The following sections detail considerations for using LabVIEW NXG 5.0 and later with SystemLink 2021 R2.
Software support for LabVIEW NXG differs in the following ways:
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 ni.com/manuals.
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.
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.
If the NI product you are installing uses Microsoft .NET 4.6.2, 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 4.6.2 separately before you install NI software.
For more information about automating the installation of NI products, refer to Automating an Installer in the NI Package Manager manual.
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, visit ni.com/windows10.
SystemLink no longer supports Windows Vista/XP/7/8.x, Windows Server 2003/2008/2012, or any 32-bit Windows operating system. Versions of this product that ship after May 1, 2021, may not install or execute correctly on these operating systems. For detailed information about NI operating system support, visit http://www.ni.com/r/win32bitsupport.
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