National Instruments Corp



Software used as part of the UW Campus License is for Faculty, Staff, and Students only. This software may be used for Teaching and Research purposes. Software may not be used for business purposes, and must be purchased by the company intending to use the software.

The full End User License Agreement (EULA) is available in a PDF file.




LabVIEW may be requested from the College of Engineering Software ordering site. You must have your name and email address listed (and public) in the UW faculty, staff, or student online directory to order LabVIEW.

Software Overview:

LabVIEW, from National Instruments, is a graphical programming environment designed specifically for scientists and engineers who need to acquire, analyze, and present scientific data or to control automated processes.

Using LabVIEW, scientists and engineers can acquire data from a variety of sources. Data may be acquired from an instrument such as an oscilloscope or multimeter, or may be acquired through a data acquisition system. Instruments may be connected to a control PC running LabVIEW by a serial, Ethernet, USB, GPIB, or other port. Data may also be read in to LabVIEW from a data file.

Once acquired, LabVIEW can analyze the data by applying a combination of analysis functions. LabVIEW contains hundreds of analysis functions ranging from simple mathematical functions to advanced math (Calculus, ODE’s, linear algebra) and advanced signal processing (FFT’s, filters, Joint Time-Frequency Analysis).

The analyzed data may then be saved to a new file, played out through a signal generator, or shared across a network for others to view the results of the test. Reports may be generated in the form of a text file, Excel spreadsheet, or Word Document.

LabVIEW is a programming environment, but is unique because it is programmed using a graphical dataflow language. Icons representing each function are dropped onto the block diagram.

LabVIEW is used at many companies in the greater Seattle area, including Boeing, Microsoft, and Intel. More information about LabVIEW can be found at

LabVIEW is available for Windows, OSX, and Linux.

License Details:

Many modules/toolkits are also available for LabVIEW. UW has a license to use these at no cost. A link to the download site is provided at the end of this session. If you are not able to find the software toolkit you are looking for, you can also contact for information on obtaining these toolkits.

On-line Training:

NI LabVIEW software and NI Multisim software training courses are available online with videos, interactive exercises, and quizzes. Educators, researchers, graduate students, and staff are eligible users. You will need UW's Labview serial number you obtained when ordering Labview.
Self-Paced Online Training

Installation Instructions:

Windows installation:

1) Download the core LabVIEW, modules and toolkits, and CD based training kits for Windows software from the UW server. No media, manuals or other physical materials are included. 

2) The Labview files are disk images in .iso format. Download ASLSP15DVD1.iso, ASLSP15DVD2.iso, and ASLSP15DVD3.iso.  Mount the .iso files. Then run setup.exe.

3 The first screen you see in the install says "Select Installation Option".  There is a radio button to click on which says "I have serial numbers for one or more products in this installer."  The screen also has a check box which says "Select and activate products based on my serial numbers (Internet connection required)."  Make sure these are both selected.  The next screen to display says "Enter Serial Numbers".  If you've already run an install, the serial number should already be filled in, and Product Names should be filled in with "Academic Site License". If not already filled in, use the serial number provided when you ‘purchased’ the software here.

4) The next screen shows a list of licensed products.  Choose what software and drivers you want to install.

5) Accept the default installation folders displayed on the next screen.

6) Accept any license agreements displayed on the next two screens.

7) A NI user profile is required to activate Labview.  Login to your NI user profile, or if you don't have one, create a new user profile.  Activate your products on the next screen by clicking on the check box, "I am the end user of these products..."  Click "Next" to  start the  installation. 

8) After installing the core LabVIEW software, you will be prompted to install the “Device Driver” CD. These too are disk images in .iso  format.  Both files need to be downloaded from the  file server and mounted. If you want to install additional NI software or do not plan to use any instruments to acquire data, you can cancel this part of the installation. The latest Windows device drivers can also be downloaded from:

9) Indicate the location of the device drivers you downloaded and extracted on your pc. The default location is C:\National Instruments Downloads\NI Device Drivers.

Mac OS X installation:

1) Download core LabVIEW and device drivers for the mac from the UW server. Select the default installer options.

2) At the end of the LabVIEW installation, you will be prompted to install the “Device Driver” CD. These can also be downloaded at If you do not plan to use any instruments to acquire data, you can cancel this part of the installation.

3) Once the installer has completed, you are done with the installation. There is no activation process for Mac OS X.

Technical Support:

Technical support is available at

If you are not able to find the software toolkit you are looking for, you can also contact for information on obtaining these toolkits.

Licensing Questions:

Contact the College of Engineering at