Installing LabVIEW for FRC (LabVIEW only)



This installation is for teams programming in LabVIEW or using NI Vision Assistant only. C++ and Java teams not using these features do not need to install from the DVD and should proceed to Installing the FRC Game Tools.

Download and installation times will vary widely with computer and internet connection specifications, however note that this process involves a large file download and installation and will likely take at least an hour to complete.

Getting LabVIEW installer

Either locate and insert the LabVIEW USB Drive or download the LabVIEW 2020 installer from


If you wish to install on other machines offline, do not click the Download button, click Individual Offline Installers and then click Download, to download the full installer.


This is a large download (~8GB). It is recommended to use a fast internet connection and to use the NI Downloader to allow the download to resume if interrupted.

Installing LabVIEW

National Instruments LabVIEW requires a license. Each season’s license is active until January 31st of the following year (e.g. the license for the 2020 season expires on January 31, 2021)

Teams are permitted to install the software on as many team computers as needed, subject to the restrictions and license terms that accompany the applicable software, and provided that only team members or mentors use the software, and solely for FRC. Rights to use LabVIEW are governed solely by the terms of the license agreements that are shown during the installation of the applicable software.


Starting Install

Run the downloaded exe file to start the install process. Click “Yes” if a Windows Security prompt

Right click on the downloaded iso file and select mount. Run install.exe from the mounted iso. Click “Yes” if a Windows Security prompt


other installed programs may associate with iso files and the mount option may not appear. If that software does not give the option to mount or extract the iso file, then follow the directions in the “Offline Installer (Windows 7, 8, & 8.1)” tab.


Install 7-Zip (download here). As of the writing of this document, the current released version is 19.00 (2019-02-21). Right click on the downloaded iso file and select Extract to.


Run install.exe from the extracted folder. Click “Yes” if a Windows Security prompt Click “Yes” if a Windows Security prompt appears.

NI Package Manager License


If you see this screen, click “Next”

Disable Windows Fast Startup


If you see this screen, click “Next”

NI Package Manager Review


If you see this screen, click “Next”

NI Package Manager Installation


Installation progress of the NI Package Manager will be tracked in this window

Product List


Click “Next”

Additional Packages


Click “Next”

License agreements


Check “I accept…” then Click “Next”


Check “I accept…” then Click “Next”

Product Information


Click “Next”

Start Installation


Click “Next”

Overall Progress


Overall installation progress will be tracked in this window

NI Update Service


You will be prompted whether to enable the NI update service. You can choose to not enable the update service.


It is not recommended to install these updates unless directed by FRC through our usual communication channels (FRC Blog, Team Updates or E-mail Blasts).

NI Activation Wizard


Log into your account. If you don’t have an account, select ‘Create account’ to create a free account.


The serial number you entered at the “User Information” screen should appear in all of the text boxes, if it doesn’t, enter it now. Click “Activate”.


If this is the first time activating the 2020 software on this account, you will see the message shown above about a valid license not being found. You can ignore this.


If your products activate successfully, an “Activation Successful” message will appear. If the serial number was incorrect, it will give you a text box and you can re-enter the number and select “Try Again”. The items shown above are not expected to activate. If everything activated successfully, click “Next”.


Click “Close”.



Select “Reboot Now” after closing any open programs.