Supported Operating Systems:  National Instruments supports LabVIEW in Mac, Linux and Windows environments.

General Description: National Instruments defines LabVIEW VI’s as “virtual instruments, or VIs, because their appearance and operation imitate physical instruments, such as oscilloscopes and multimeters. LabVIEW contains a comprehensive set of tools for acquiring, analyzing, displaying, and storing data, as well as tools to help you troubleshoot code you write. In LabVIEW, you build a user interface, or front panel, with controls and indicators. Controls are knobs, push buttons, dials, and other input mechanisms. Indicators are graphs, LEDs, and other output displays. After you build the user interface, you add code using VIs and structures to control the front panel objects. The block diagram contains this code.”

Availability: For classroom/lab availability see

Scope of License: LabVIEW is available for installation on personal computers. You can download the software here: Once downloaded you will need a serial number to activate it. The Mines serial number can be found on the Mines Software Download site. We also have a campus wide site license for research and teaching.

Method for Obtaining: If you need LabVIEW installed on a Mines-owned machine, please begin by submitting a request to the Mines Help Center.

Cost to Qualified Mines End-Users:  There is no cost for use of this license.

Documentation:  Available on the web on NI’s LabVIEW Product Support page.

Resources: Free online video tutorials at Self-paced, on-demand training modules at Direct phone and email support from NI Application Engineers at

In case of difficulties running the software in a Mines ITS managed lab:  Contact ITS via the Mines Help Center. We want the program to be properly installed, licensed and functioning. If you have questions about the use of the program, please contact your instructor, TA or lab manager.

Further Support from the Makers of Labview


Get Support When You Need It

The Mines Academic Site License comes with more than just Labview software. Mines students, faculty, and staff can access further support, as noted below.


Fast Track Access to Support

Make sure to note your serial number activation for your Academic Site License which will allow you to rapidly access support on phone or email.


Support for License Administrators

Are you struggling to understand the distribution of your NI licensed lab computers, how to give access to remote users, or how to help users that contact you for support? We have a team of engineers ready to help you over the phone or by email. Visit technical support to open a new service request or contact us for assistance.


Support for Faculty

Staff members can visit technical support to open a new service request or contact us for assistance using the same URL and serial number that you would use. Directing your faculty’s support needs directly to us is just another way the Academic Site License is designed to save you time.


Content for Students

Students can either work through a supervising staff member to access NI support or use the active online NI community. With more than 500,000 users, the community features a wealth of troubleshooting, guidance, and best practices that students can access on our discussion forums.



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