WaveForms Windows Installation

WaveForms is software developed by Digilent and intended for use with the Analog Discovery 2, Analog Discovery Legacy, the Electronics Explorer Board, and the Analog Discovery 2 NI Edition. WaveForms provides a user interface for a 2-channel oscilloscope, logic analyzer, arbitrary waveform generator, digital I/O, and more. It's free to download and compatible with Mac (Apple), Windows, and Linux.

To get a complete breakdown on all of the accessories and features of the Analog Discovery 2, check out our unboxing tutorial and video.

Download WaveForms
This tutorial will guide you through the steps involved in the installation process on Windows after downloading it from the website.
Installing WaveForms
Step 1: Open the Executable File
Open the WaveForms executable file that you downloaded in the unboxing tutorial. If you have not downloaded WaveForms yet, you can find it here.

Step 2: Allow Access to WaveForms
If you are prompted to allow WaveForms to make changes to your computer, click Yes. If not, continnue to the next step.

Step 2: Allow access.

Step 3: Click Next
Step 3: Click Next.

Click Next.

Step 4: Agree to License Agreement
Step 4: Agree to license agreement.

Read through the license agreement and terms and conditions and click I Agree to proceed.

Step 5: Choose Installs
Step 5: Choose installs.

Choose the installations you would like. You can install the Adept Runtime, WaveForms Runtime, WaveForms Applicaion, and WaveForms SDK.

Adept Runtime allows WaveForms to communicate with the Analog Discovery 2, Analog Discovery, ELectronics Explorer Board, and Analog Discovery 2 NI Edition.

WaveForms Runtime contains a library and device support files needed to run custom applications.

WaveForms Application is the Digilent virtual instrumentation interface.

WaveForms SDK is the software development kit for creating custom applications.

Click Next.

Step 6: Choose User
Step 6: Choose user. Next, choose the user you want to install WaveForms for, and check the box if you want a shortcut created.

Click Next.

Step 7: Choose Installation Destination
Step 7: Choose installation destination. You'll need to choose an installation destination or keep it as the default.

Click Install.

Step 8: Click Next
Step 8: Click next. WaveForms will be installed as indicated by the progress bar.

Click Next.

Step 9: Finish and Open WaveForms
Step 9: Finish and open WaveForms. Uncheck or check the boxes to open WaveForms and the readme.

Click Finish.

Step 10: No Device Connected
Step 10: No device connected. When WaveForms initially opens, if you have no device plugged in it will give you a warning that no device was detected.

Step 11: Run Demo Mode
Step 11: Run demo mode. That's okay, because WaveForms offers a demo mode where you can try out the features without having a compatible device.

Step 12: Oscilloscope in Demo Mode
Step 12: Oscilloscope in demo mode. For example, here is a demonstration of the oscilloscope scoping a square amd sine wave.

Step 13: Device Connected
Step 13: Device connected. When you plug in your Analog Discovery 2 it will appear on the device manager and you can then select it to connect to it.

Now that you have WaveForms you can move onto calibrating your device.