Distributing Custom Devices

NI VeriStand 2018 Help

Edition Date: May 2018

Part Number: 372846M-01

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Parent Topic: Building and Distributing a Custom Device

After you plan, build, and benchmark and debug a custom device, you must package the device for distribution to NI VeriStand.

Note  This topic describes how to distribute a custom device manually. You also can refer to the LabVIEW Help for more information about building installers.

Complete the following steps to distribute a custom device.

  1. On your development machine, create a top-level directory to contain the custom device files.
  2. Within the new directory, create two sub-directories and label them Build and Source.
  3. Copy the source distributions you built from the custom device project into the Build directory. Include both the LLBs and the Custom Device XML file.
  4. Copy the LabVIEW project you used to create the custom device into the Source directory, along with any supporting files and dependencies.
  5. On the same level as the Build and Source directories, create a readme file that includes any instructions an operator needs to install, license, use, and/or modify the custom device.
  6. Create a ZIP file from the top-level directory.

You now can distribute the custom device ZIP file to any operator using a corresponding version of NI VeriStand. The operator then can add the custom device to NI VeriStand by copying the contents of the Build directory into the <Common Data>\Custom Devices directory or, for timing and sync devices, the <Common Data>\Timing and Sync directory on their host computer. NI VeriStand parses these directories for custom devices when it launches.

Note  The path to the shared directory varies based on your operating system.

To enable an operator with LabVIEW access to modify and rebuild the custom device, you can provide the files in the Source directory.

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Paths to Shared Directories

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