Vivado installation on Linux

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Vivado is the new FPGA design tool from Xilinx. It replaces ISE and XPS tools for new Xilinx's products. By default no Armadeus board has a new FPGA supported by Vivado, but, with the APF6, we can use Artix7 on a daughter board (or with Xilinx dev-kit), thanks to PCIe, and enjoy this new Xilinx tool. This page is a tutorial on how to install Vivado on Debian Linux host computer.

Note Note: Vivado can't be used with Spartan products, it starts with the "7" FPGA serie (artix7, virtex7, zynq, kintex7, ...)



  • unsure that Bash is the default shell:
$ ls -al /bin/sh
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 4 févr. 10 14:49 /bin/sh -> bash
  • otherwise:
$ sudo dpkg-reconfigure dash


  • Download the file on xilinx website, note that you will need an account (free) to do that.

Launch install

  • To launch install simply type :
$ chmod 777 Xilinx_Vivado_SDK_2014.4_1119_1_Lin64.bin
$ ./Xilinx_Vivado_SDK_2014.4_1119_1_Lin64.bin
  • Fill forms then wait for about 20 minutes

Launching Vivado

  • Go to the installed directory:
$ cd /opt/Xilinx/Vivado/2014.4
  • Source the architecture shell file:
/opt/Xilinx/Vivado/2014.4$ source
  • Then launch it:
/opt/Xilinx/Vivado/2014.4$ ./bin/vivado

JTaG probes


Digilent provide a JTAG probe to configure Xilinx FPGA named HS3.

Driver script installation is provided by Vivado in following directory :

$ cd Xilinx/Vivado/2020.2/data/xicom/cable_drivers/lin64/install_script/install_drivers

Should be launched as root to install drivers:

sudo ./install_drivers