Quartus installation on Linux

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Introduction

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

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

Uncompress and install

  • Untar the archive :
 tar -xvf Quartus-web-14.0.0.200-linux.tar
  • 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 ALTERAOCLSDKROOT="${ALTERAPATH}/hld"
export QUARTUS_ROOTDIR=${ALTERAPATH}/quartus
export QUARTUS_ROOTDIR_OVERRIDE="$QUARTUS_ROOTDIR"
export PATH=$PATH:${ALTERAPATH}/quartus/bin
export PATH=$PATH:${ALTERAPATH}/nios2eds/bin
export PATH=$PATH:${QSYS_ROOTDIR}

Launch Quartus

To launch quartus, open a terminal and simply type :

$ quartus

USB-Blaster

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 :
/etc/udev/rules.d/altera-usb-blaster.rules
  • 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 (click on updates tab).

  • In Complete Download chapter, download the big archive with update 1 (7.6GB) on the download center (free Altera account needed):
Quartus-lite-15.1.1.189-linux.tar
  • Watch a good movie (min 2 hours)
  • Move the big archive in a directory with enough free space and untar it:
$ tar -xvf Quartus-lite-15.1.1.189-linux.tar
  • Take a little coffee (~3 min)
  • Launch the installation:
./setup.sh 
  • follow the instructions to install it where you want
  • Take a big coffee or go to lunch (~30min)
  • Change your environment variables in your .bashrc:
export ALTERAPATH="/directory/where/you/installed/quartus/"
export ALTERAOCLSDKROOT="${ALTERAPATH}/hld"
export QUARTUS_ROOTDIR=${ALTERAPATH}/quartus
export QUARTUS_ROOTDIR_OVERRIDE="$QUARTUS_ROOTDIR"
export QSYS_ROOTDIR="${ALTERAPATH}/quartus/sopc_builder/bin"
export PATH=$PATH:${ALTERAPATH}/quartus/bin
export PATH=$PATH:${ALTERAPATH}/nios2eds/bin
Warning Warning: The altera installation script will edit your .bashrc file adding a line at the end.
export QUARTUS_ROOTDIR=...
If you add the lines above you can delete it. But if you have an esoteric language like french in some comments, the script will trash it


  • Run quartus in a new console and select prime software:
$ quartus

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