What is a .VI File And How To Open It – National Instruments

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Introduction

Have you downloaded a file with .vi extension, but you have never seen this extension before? It is possible that you know what the file does, but you are unsure on how to open it. That’s why you are here! We have made this guide for you to learn more about the .vi file extension and how to open it.

What is a .VI file?

The .VI file extension is LabVIEW Virtual Instrument File. This file extension belongs to the developer National Instruments. The file is a data related file.

What to know

There is currently 1 software that can open the .vi file on 3 platforms.

How to open a .VI file?

Below we will show you a step-by-step guide on how to open the .VI file on various operating systems.

How to open a .VI file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

To open the .vi file on Windows, please follow these 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the National Instruments LabVIEW software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. The other software that you can use is National Instruments LabVIEW.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .VI file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the National Instruments LabVIEW software that you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .VI file on Mac

Below you can see a visual guide on how to open the .vi file on Mac in 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the National Instruments LabVIEW software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. You can also use National Instruments LabVIEW software.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .VI file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the National Instruments LabVIEW software that you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .VI file on Linux

We have written below an easy-to-understand guide on how to open the .vi file on Linux in 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the National Instruments LabVIEW software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: National Instruments LabVIEW.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .VI file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Hover over the “Open with” button

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Open the file choosing the software

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the National Instruments LabVIEW software that you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Linux.

Still cannot open the .VI file?

If you are still unable to open the .VI file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .VI file.vibe – SensationSoft, .vic – ViziGen, .vicar – NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, .vid – Generic Video File, .vid – Bethesda Softworks. You might be trying to open one of them. Please recheck the file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .VI file with the National Instruments LabVIEW program on Windows, National Instruments LabVIEW program on Mac and National Instruments LabVIEW software on Linux.