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LabVIEW by National Instruments

What is it? LabVIEW is a graphical program commonly used by scientists and engineers for data acquisition, instrument control, and industrial automation. UT’s NI Academic Site License for LabVIEW Teaching and Research (Large) includes the LabVIEW Professional Development System (LabVIEW PDS) and several add-on modules and toolkits. View the lists of all the application-specific modules and toolkits available at the company’s academic software download site.

What can I use it for? Enrolled students, faculty, and staff can use LabVIEW for university-related teaching or academic research purposes. Students typically use LabVIEW in a lab environment. LabVIEW can also be installed on student-owned PCs for learning purposes. However, use that benefits outside organizations requires the purchase of a commercial license.

Where can I run it? LabVIEW is available at no additional charge to UTK faculty, staff and students. While it’s available for Windows, Macs, and Linux PCs, the majority of device drivers are only available for Windows. Information for how to obtain a LabView license, and corresponding installation instructions are available on OIT’s software download site.

How can I learn it? The source of learning LabVIEW is at NI training page. Note: Login Required for LabVIEW online training. LabVIEW Core 1, 2, and 3 are free under UT’s NI Subscription Service Program (SSP) contract; LabVIEW Self-Paced Video Training for Students website is geared toward students and offers videos, exercises, and self-quizzes.

Where can I get support? OIT offers Minimal Support for LabVIEW. For additional assistance, visit the company’s support web site.

Anything else I need to know? NI Field Engineers visit UTK periodically to provide LabVIEW training and to help researchers setup LabVIEW projects. You can connect with the NI Southeast Academic Field Engineer for Tennessee on their Academic Resource Center web page.

Updated 07/03/2023