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LabVIEW and Virtual Instrument Package Manager (VIPM)


robotics-university.com | As I have explained on my previous article with entitled What is LabVIEW? On that article, I said that to develop an application using LabVIEW, JKI (National Instrument outsourcer/subcontractor for LabVIEW) has provided support software that has function to manage library or add-ons toolkit package for LabVIEW, where the toolkits package can be developed by LabVIEW/National Instrument engineer or developed by personal or third-party company to support their product in order it can run or control using LabVIEW. The software popular called with “Virtual Instrument Package Manager” or VIPM. 

Figure 1. VIPM 2019 - Free edition 

With VIPM (free edition) we can create, discover, and install add-ons for LabVIEW. VIPM is the recommended support software to download and manage your LabVIEW toolkit packages (Add-ons) and gives you instant access to the tools network from your desktop. 

A. LabVIEW Toolkit Package (Add-Ons) 

Figure 2. LabVIEW toolkit package (Add-on) on VIPM 

About LabVIEW toolkit package, there is an information from National Instrument official website [1], they said that: 

The LabVIEW Tools Network has a repository of packages that you can connect to from your desktop to download add-ons directly into LabVIEW or get updates for packages you already have installed. In terms of quality assurance, all third-party products on the LabVIEW Tools Network repository (which VIPM connects to automatically) are tested as part of the Compatible With LabVIEW program.  
In addition, for developers who create paid add-ons, VIPM also integrates fully with the third-party licensing/activation feature in LabVIEW. This gives developers the ability to protect their intellectual property and offer free 7-day evaluations of their software.  
For your information, VIPM was not built as a replacement for building an EXE installer. For deploying LabVIEW EXEs or stand-alone products, you still need to build a traditional MSI installer using the LabVIEW Application Builder or another installer technology. Rather, VIPM’s optimal function is really for code reuse scenarios, whether that’s sharing add-ons that are VI-based APIs (that is, the “palette” use-case), or part of a software engineering process. For advanced package management functionality, such as configuration management or managing code repositories within an organization, JKI offers Professional and Enterprise versions of the product. 

B. Get VIPM Installer 
To get VIPM installer we can download from JKI VIPM official website [2] with follow the steps below! 

Step 1: Visit VIPM JKI official web front page (https://vipm.jki.net/

Figure 3. VIPM JKI official web front page 

Step 2: Select VIPM free edition (https://vipm.jki.net/get

Figure 4. VIPM download page - Select VIPM free edition 

Step 3: Select your computer Operating System & start download (https://vipm.jki.net/download

Figure 5. VIPM download page - Select OS, type email, and start download 

Figure 6. VIPM download directory 

C. Install VIPM on Your Computer 
After we get the VIPM installer file (*.exe), the next step is install it on our computer. 

Figure 7. VIPM installer file on a directory 

Same with another computer software application, do the installation steps until VIPM software installed on our computer completely, so VIPM software ready to use. 



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