National Instruments is a company that provides a suite of software used to run lab equipment. The College of Engineering uses LabVIEW for most of its instruments in its laboratories.

The LabVIEW software is free to all OSU students.


Windows Desktop Computers 

Who can use the software

LabVIEW is available to all students and faculty. Signal Express and other NI software are available on request.

If you are installing LabVIEW on an Engineering Windows Desktop, do not activate the product, contact for an academic site license instead.

Access to software


To install NI LabVIEW Student Edition, visit:


To license the software, it will need to first be installed.

Visit and fill out the form:

  • For the Serial Number, enter the code found here
  • For the product, select "LabVIEW Student Edition"
  • For Computer ID, when asked to activate the software, select "Enter activation codes", and your Computer ID will show up in orange text
  • After submitting the form, you should get a page with an activation code. Enter this into the text field below "Enter activation codes" in the software, and the software should be licensed


If you have already installed LabVIEW and need drivers, visit:

Access to online portal and support

For information about licensing visit:

For information about how to use LabVIEW visit: