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National Instruments

National Instruments (NI) has long been a trusted source for data acquisition and control hardware and software solutions used extensively in our classrooms and research labs. The College of Engineering maintains an academic site license agreement with National Instruments to provide LabView and Multisim to students taking Engineering courses.

Course Use Only

Our license agreement explicitly disallows the software to be used for research purposes. Any research group interested in purchasing licenses for LabView or Multisim should get in touch with CTS to obtain quotes for a research-compatible license.


LabVIEW is installed in many of classrooms, and can be deployed to other classrooms as needed. Our academic site license includes the ability for students to install a copy on their computer.

Students who want to install LabView on their personal Windows computer may install it under the Academic Student License program. You can download the installer from National Instrument's Software Platform Bundle site. The latest serial number can be found in the National Instruments software licensing folder on our SharePoint site.


Multisim is a simulation and circuit design software package for analog, digital, and power electronics in education and research. Multisim is installed in computer labs in the ECE and ELS departments, and is licensed for students to install on personal computers.

Installing Multisim on Student Computers

The Multisim installer and serial number can be:

When you run the installer, you should proceed with all of the default selections. If you don't already have one, you will need to create an NI user account using your email address to be able to activate Multisim. (You can do this ahead of time or during the installation process.)

When prompted for a serial number, please enter the number starting with M80X found in the serial.txt file for the Education Edition. You may leave the spaces next to Student Edition blank.