RTDAQ Real-Time Data Acquisition Software


Current Version: 1.4.1

RTDAQ is Campbell Scientific's data logger support software targeted for high-speed data acquisition applications. This versatile software supports a variety of telecommunication options, manual data collection, and extensive data display. RTDAQ includes easy-to-use program generators, as well as full-featured program editors. RTDAQ is available on our website. 

RTDAQ does not support combined communication options (e.g., phone-to-RF) or scheduled data collection; LoggerNet is recommended for these applications.

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Benefits and Features

  • Variety of windows for monitoring data logger data in near-real time, including Fast Graph, Histogram Viewer, FFT Viewer, Table Monitor, and X-Y Plot
  • View historical data files in specialized modes (FFTs and histograms)
  • Integration with RTMC and PakBus Graph
  • Provides non-invasive field calibration of sensors—incorporating the appropriate multipliers and offsets into the data logger program
  • Includes ShortCut for program generation on the CR1000X, CR6, CR800 series, CR1000, CR3000, and CR5000, as well as entry-level capability for the CR9000X
  • Updated versions of the detail-level program generators for the CR9000X and CR5000 are included (previously available in PC9000)
  • A fully functional 30-day trial version is available


Detailed Description

EZ Setup Wizard

To facilitate station setup, RTDAQ provides an EZSetup Wizard. This simple, station-oriented wizard walks the user through the setup process. The wizard can also be used to modify settings for an existing station.

Clock/Program, Monitor Data, Collect Data

These tools are used to set a data logger’s clock, send programs from the computer to the data logger, display real-time data logger measurements in several different formats, and collect data on demand.

Short Cut, ProgGen, CRBasic

RTDAQ provides a choice of programming tools. Short Cut (SCWIN) is an easy-to-use program generator that creates straight-forward programs in seven steps. It supports over 100 sensors (including generic measurements) and multiplexers.

ProgGen is an updated version of the detailed program generator contained in PC9000 software (RTDAQ’s predecessor). ProgGen contains many measurement and setting windows for configuring almost any type of sensor. It is compatible only with the CR5000 and CR9000X dataloggers.

The CRBasic Editor provides sophisticated program editing capabilities. Programs generated by Short Cut and ProgGen can be edited in CRBasic.

View Pro

View Pro lets you view data files (*.DAT files) in a tabular format. It can create graphs that display multiple traces of data. View Pro also supports the viewing of specialized data storage such as FFTs and histograms.

Real-Time Monitoring and Control (RTMC)

RTMC is used to create customized displays of real-time data, flags, and ports. It provides digital, tabular, graphical, and Boolean data display objects, as well as alarms. Sophisticated displays can be organized on multi-tabbed windows. Users who want additional capabilities and more flexibility can purchase RTMC Pro—an enhanced version of RTMC.

Device Configuration Utility (DevConfig)

DevConfig allows you to send new operating systems to data loggers and other devices with flash memory, configure various PakBus settings in data loggers, and edit settings for communication peripherals such as the NL201 and RF401A.

LogTool, PakBus Graph

In the Tools pull-down menu, you can select LogTool and PakBus Graph. These tools can help you discover the cause of communication problems.

Card Convert

CardConvert is used to convert and save binary data from a PC Card, CompactFlash card, or microSD card. PC Cards are compatible with our CR5000 and CR9000X dataloggers. CompactFlash cards are compatible with our CR1000, CR3000, CR5000, and CR9000X dataloggers. MicroSD cards are compatible with our CR6 and CR1000X dataloggers and our GRANITE 6, GRANITE 9, and GRANITE 10 DCPs.


Split is used to post-process data files and create reports. It sorts and combines data based on time or conditions, performs calculations on data values, converts “Day of Year” calendar dates into more traditional date/time stamps and allows variable column widths for printable reports.

License for Use

RTDAQ is protected by United States copyright law and international copyright treaty provisions. Installation of RTDAQ constitutes an agreement to abide by the provisions of its licensing agreement. The agreement grants the user a non-exclusive license to use the software in accordance with the following:

  1. The purchase of this software allows you to install and use a single instance of the software on one physical computer or one virtual machine only.
  2. This software cannot be loaded on a network server for the purposes of distribution or for access to the software by multiple operators. If the software can be used from any computer other than the computer on which it is installed, you must license a copy of the software for each additional computer from which the software may be accessed.
  3. If this copy of the software is an upgrade from a previous version, you must possess a valid license for the earlier version of software. You may continue to use the earlier copy of software only if the upgrade copy and earlier version are installed and used on the same computer. The earlier version of software may not be installed and used on a separate computer or transferred to another party.
  4. This software package is licensed as a single product. Its component parts may not be separated for use on more than one computer.
  5. You may make one (1) backup copy of this software onto media similar to the original distribution, to protect your investment in the software in case of damage or loss. This backup copy can be used only to replace an unusable copy of the original installation media.

RTDAQ software may not be sold, included, or redistributed in any other software or altered in any way without prior written permission from Campbell Scientific.


Current Version 1.4.1
Operating System Windows 11 or 10
Purchased Separately Yes
Software Level Intermediate to advanced
Communications Supported Direct connect, Ethernet, short-haul, phone modems (land-line, cellular, voice synthesized), RF transceivers (UHF, VHF, and spread spectrum), multidrop modems
Scheduled Data Collection Supported No
Data Display Supported Numeric, graphical, Boolean data objects


Note: The following shows notable compatibility information. It is not a comprehensive list of all compatible or incompatible products.

Data Loggers

Product Compatible Note
CR1000 (retired)
CR200 (retired)
CR205 (retired)
CR206 (retired)
CR210 (retired)
CR211 (retired)
CR215 (retired)
CR216 (retired)
CR295 (retired)
CR3000 (retired)
CR5000 (retired)
CR800 (retired)
CR850 (retired)
CR9000X (retired)
CR9000XC (retired)

Distributed Data Acquisition

Product Compatible Note
Granite 10
Granite 6
Granite 9

Additional Compatibility Information

Computer Requirements

Required computer operating system is Windows 10 or 11.

Data Logger Considerations

RTDAQ is available as a download from our website.

Other Products

RTDAQ supports most commercially available sensors, SDM devices, multiplexers, relays, vibrating-wire interfaces, ET107, CompactFlash cards, microSD cards, and PC cards.


RTDAQ Patch v.1.4.1 (208 MB) 03-13-2020

This patch will upgrade RTDAQ version 1.0, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 or 1.4 to 1.4.1. RTDAQ 1.x must be installed on the computer.

Note: This application requires the Microsoft .Net 4.0 Framework.  If it is not already installed on your computer,  it can be obtained from the Microsoft Download Center.

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RTDAQ Trial v.1.4.1 (217 MB) 03-13-2020

A fully functional 30 day Trial Version of RTDAQ - Real Time datalogger support software for High Speed dataloggers (GRANITE 10, GRANITE 9, GRANITE 6, CR9000X, CR5000, CR3000, CR1000(X), CR800/CR850 and CR6).

Note: This application requires the Microsoft .Net 4.0 Framework.  If it is not already installed on your computer,  it can be obtained from the Microsoft Download Center.

Frequently Asked Questions

Number of FAQs related to RTDAQ: 1

  1. A fully-functional 30 day trial version of RTDAQ is available for download free of charge. The trial version may be installed and used until the ordered software arrives. After the ordered software is received, run the installation again. This time, when prompted, supply the software key to unlock the fully-licensed version.

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