Quartus installation on Linux

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Quartus web edition 14.0 is the software used to synthesize bitstream for Altera FPGAs. It's required for the cyclone V soldered on APF6SP.

Installation guide for version 14.0

Package needed

On debian jessie :

sudo apt-get install libstdc++5 libmotif4 libxp6 libcurl3
# for 64 arch, install also 32bits packets:
sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386
sudo apt-get install libstdc++5:i386 libmotif4:i386 libxp6:i386 libcurl3:i386


Download the big (4GB) quartus installer here (Use "download software web edition" button).

Uncompress and install

  • Untar the archive :
 tar -xvf Quartus-web-
  • run the installer:
 bash setup.sh 
  • follow the instructions to install it where you want.

configure .bashrc

Adding the path of your quartus in ~/.bashrc

export ALTERAPATH="/opt/quartus/altera/14.0/"
export PATH=$PATH:${ALTERAPATH}/quartus/bin
export PATH=$PATH:${ALTERAPATH}/nios2eds/bin

Launch Quartus

To launch quartus, open a terminal and simply type :

$ quartus


USB-BLaster is an USB JTAG adaptor usefull to debug altera FPGA. Under Linux some rights must be added to use it with quartus.

  • create an udev rules files in :
  • And add following configuration :
ATTR{idVendor}=="09fb", ATTR{idProduct}=="6001", MODE="666" 

Version 15.1 prime lite

Note Note: Quartus 15.1.1 with update 1 take about ~16GB once installed, but ~15 more GB are required for download/untar before installation

Version 15.1 with update.

  • Go to a walk (min 1 hours)
  • Untar the big archive:
$ tar -xvf Quartus-lite-
  • Take a little coffee (~3 min)
  • Launch the installing setup :
  • follow the instructions to install it where you want