A CAN-bus analyzer (the Vector CANalyzer) for bus monitoring. ❑ How to generate CAN software from the scratch: • There are several exercises included, small. CANalyzer is an analysis software tool from Vector Informatik GmbH. This development software is widely used, primarily by automotive and electronic control. CANalyzer User Guide V3_1 – Ebook download as PDF File .pdf), Text File .txt) or In the CAPL manual you will find detailed explanations of the program’s.

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Our product uses CAN to communicate between processor boards and we use Canalyzer to view that information, set and read values, etc. It works great for this. However, I need to automate some board testing and using Canalyzer is a very manual process.

I am looking at the USB but finding very limited information. I just would like to canayzer the following from some of the seasoned CAN people out there Will it work with Labview ? Cabalyzer believe it uses MAX but is there other added software involved? Will I be to access the information that I do in Canalyzer? I realize that I need to build the Vi’s. Sorry if the questions are so general, but this is fairly new to me.

Before I buy and start learning, I want to make sure I caanlyzer the right fanalyzer. Here is Part 1 of my blog tutoriall talking about the different hardware options for CAN and how they are wired. Unfortunately the is a new piece of hardware and support for it was added in So this means the oldest version you can use this hardware with ignoring compatibility mode because it is canalyzef and shouldn’t be used is LabVIEWsorry. It is intended to test out the hardware at the most basic level before writing software for it.

Yes but there are caviots. Are you a software developer? Because LabVIEW is a programming language and trying to replicate some of canalyzee features of CANalyzer could take an experienced software developer some time. There are plenty of toolkits made to help assist in making the software development process easier but at the end of the day throwing tutoral a few block and having it work is not going to cut it when you need to canwlyzer and issue and don’t understand how it worked in the first canayzer.

After that I highly recommend reading up on what CAN even is, and how it works. I have a 9 Part blog series starting here. Other than talking about tktorial hardware it talks about the low level frames, how to use the XNet API, converting frames into signals the engineering units you likely care about in CANalyzerseveral advanced XNet techniques, logging particularly into a file CANalyzer can playback and anaylzeand a few protocols.

Is all of this necessary for you task? Probably not but if you can absorb all of this you shouldn’t have too much difficulty. You haven’t said what your requirements are and XNet makes some things pretty easy. There are shipping examples showing the basics. Checkout my 12 part CAN Blog series. Thank you very much for the great information.


I really appreciate it. I will definitely read your blog. I am a Manufacturing Engineer. I have been using Labview for years in my field so I have quite a bit of experience with it in high and low volume manufacturing. I am very familiar with MAX and like you said, only really used for testing hardware. I am not sure upgrading at this time is an option. I am guessing I would have to go with legacy hardware and software at this point. It has no hardware re transmit feature, the buffer is quite small, and the API can be hard to work with since frame to signal conversion needs to happen on the software level.

This cheap little USB devices uses the NI-CAN API and you may find yourself doing lots of things in software, that XNet cards can do in hardware eating up precious resources, or causing data to be written with a decent amount of jitter.

Both APIs are mentioned in Part 2. This is more expensive, but a bit more flexible. The chassis come in 4 and 8 slot USB and ethernet options too, and with the right cards can have up to 2 CAN ports per slot with something like the NI Beyond that there are non-NI options that just need drivers for reading and writing frames. You will basically have a similar experience to the NI-CAN hardware and need to do most things in software with no hardware retransmit options.

But at the end canalhzer the day these are just sofware layers that can canalyzeer re-written if necessary as I did for the ISO diagnostic command set in Part 8 of you guessed it I read your first tutorlal with the idea that you had little if any programming canalyzeer which would make this task a very huge one.

Thank you again for all the information You gave me a ton of great information and I appreciate that greatly. It looks like I will have to tutoial if I can get an upgrade of Labview in the budget.

In my opinion, it’s either Professional or go home because App builder is a must. I may have a few more questions along the way once I upgrade but I am definitely going to invest the time in your blog.

It has been a while since this thread. I finally got a chance to read through your entire blog It is great to see someone that offers such help to others trying to learn a new interface. As canalyer discussed early.

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I read about how you said that the Vector Labview package is garbage. I have so I can’t try it out with my current hardware. Here is my question. We use CAN on our product. I have the DBC file for our product. tuyorial

My goal is simple. I need to simply the test process. Canalyzer is nice, but I need to create something for a production environment. Canalyzer is twice the cost of the NI hardware. I believe the way to go is with the NI hardware. I think that tuyorial the DBC file makes everything much easier. I cannot say for sure, because my Labview version is old.


Well the good news is I do have my package code canzlyzer saved to It isn’t in package form, tutoriap as a result it is a manual process to install it. You don’t just double click a package and have VIPM take over. That being said I think palettes and demos should all work. Then install XNet version 16 from here.

Then extract that zip to your LabVIEW install folder which will likely either be one of the following for you:. Now you should have a Hooovahh palette on your block diagram. If you don’t you still can open the Vector example at: On the palette there should be a Basic Frame Signal Conversion Example, but again if the palettes don’t work just open the following VI: This could then be written using the Vector example.

This conversion example also goes the other direction and can take a frame read from hardware, and turn them into the signals. But you have to ask yourself, is all of this work worth it, or if it is a better idea to just buy NI XNet hardware? If you can afford new XNet hardware, you should probably go with that. You can try out my software, and see how it goes. If it meets your needs, great go with it.

The other day I gave it a try. I appreciate the detailed instructions as I easily was able to install it and get the OpenG packages and your package installed. I have so it doesn’t look like I will be able to resolve that. The stand alone VI’s seem to be ok though from what I messed tytorial. I did however also download Labview I have yet to start the evaluation which gives me 7 days. I think I can extend it to 45 days though.

I also installed the XNET package as well. I figure I can see what has to offer too. I am going to mess around with both but I believe the end result is going to be to use with the NI USB hardware. That seems to be the easiest and cleanest way to go. Your blog helps tutorizl bunch. Yeah sorry you just missed the cut off.

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So you could install XNet support forbut it won’t support your hardware because it needs to be an older version. Obviously upgrading to would add to the cost of the project. But getting more support from NI, and access tutorizl self-paced online training adds some value that maybe would help convince your boss.

There are of course other cool new features in,and that could take advantage of but those are harder to sell to management. I believe I will be able to justify this. There is not much of a choice when going toward volume manufacturing of product.