LabVIEW Support for esd NTCAN API provided by two sets of VIs

Signal Based VIs

  • CAN data (and parts thereof) is referenced via name (signal) and/or CAN-ID

  • Clear structure even of complex applications

  • Current values are easily accessible in LabVIEW

  • Easy CAN bus configuration by project file

  • Object mode available not only for 11 bit but for 29 bit CAN-IDs as well


  • Same structure as esd`s cross-platform NTCAN-API

  • Full functional range of the NTCAN-API

  • Especially suited for challenging projects

Problem specific Approach (Signal Based VIs versus NTCAN VIs)

  • The "Signal Based VIs" provide a project file based signal approach, probably most suitable for all LabVIEW users.

  • The "NTCAN VIs" offer direct access to the entire NTCAN library, tailored for the experienced user with programming knowledge, who wants to have control over every detail.

Example Solution of a Programming Task

In this example the current 4 bytes wide counter i has to be transmitted at CAN ID 42 (29 bit) with every loop run. Both programming solutions will lead to the same result:

  • In the Signal based solution the configuration of the CAN net is stored in the project file and the CAN ID 42 (29 bit) is named LoopCounter. The project file is assigned to "Can Project Open". In the While loop the current counter i is updated by "Can Signal Update" in the object directory and is transmitted via "Can Signal Trigger".
  • In the NTCAN solution the CAN net is configured by "NTCAN OPEN" initially. Within the While loop at first the cmsg cluster is prepared and than the current counter i is inserted. Following the cmsg cluster is assigned as an array to "NTCAN SEND" and transmitted.


Minimum System Requirements:


  • Host PC which complies with the hardware requirements for the target NI LabVIEW 2013 version
  • 25 MB free HD drive space
  • esd CAN hardware supported by Windows


  • Windows with installed NI LabVIEW 2013
  • esd CAN driver for Windows 2.5.x or later
LabVIEW 2013 Signal Based VIs Example by esd
LabVIEW 2013 NTCAN VIs Example by esd