On November 13th I was thrilled to finally share some exciting news on twitter:
#LabVIEW 2020 Community Edition Beta is available for download as of just a few hours ago! Free for non-commercial use with all the features of Pro and support for Raspberry Pi and BeagleBone targets. Download it now at ni.com/beta! #labviewce #freelabview
We are thrilled to announce the Beta of LabVIEW 2020 Community Edition, which will be entirely free for non-commercial use when the final version releases this May.
Overview of LabVIEW Community Edition:
- It’s completely free for non-commercial, non-academic use
- It is the professional version of LabVIEW and LabVIEW NXG with no restrictions in functionality
- It does not have any watermarks
- It does include Application Builder
- The LabVIEW version includes an updated version of the LINX toolkit, which adds support for targeting BeagleBone Black and Raspberry Pi 3 and 4. LINX also includes the API for talking to an Arduino Uno
- The LabVIEW NXG version includes a free copy of the LabVIEW Web Module
- You can download it now from ni.com/beta
- The final release will be announced this May at NIWeek along-side the release of LabVIEW 2020
LabVIEW Community Edition will replace LabVIEW Home when it releases this May, which was a low-cost edition with limited functionality.
Overview of LINX Toolkit
- It is included in the installer for the LabVIEW 2020 Community Edition
- It will be available as a toolkit that can be used for commercial purposes when installed with a licensed version of LabVIEW
- We’ve updated support for newer versions of the Debian OS since 2014 and tested it against the latest Raspberry Pi 4 board
This video illustrates the use of LabVIEW 2020 on a BeagleBone Black to control the display of an LCD that is connected directly to the board’s IO
What is the goal of making LabVIEW free?
We want to grow the usage of LabVIEW and empower engineers and scientists to experience and use the power of LabVIEW in pursuit of their passion and hobby projects. We recognize that engineers increasingly use (and prefer) tools that they can leverage for home and hobby use, and we LabVIEW to join the list of options.
Ultimately, we want to grow the number of LabVIEW users around the world. Help spread the word and let us know how you’ll use the Community Edition – we can’t wait to hear from you!
Download it today from ni.com/beta
Where Can I Learn More?
I recommend following Sam Sharp’s blog, MediaMongrels, where he’s documenting his experience building a robot using LabVIEW Community Edition, a Raspberry Pi, a Web VI UI and a 3D Printer.