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How do I run Vivado 2019.1 from the command line on Linux?

Updated: May 14, 2023


This post shows how to run Vivado 2019.1 from the command line. It also shows you how to run Vivado in non-GUI mode and in batch mode.


Steps


Step #1: Open a terminal


Step #2: Figure out whether you're running csh or bash by typing:


ps -p $$


You should see something like:


PID TTY TIME CMD

2729 pts/1 00:00:00 bash


Step #3: Find settings64.sh or settings64.csh


find / -name "settings*sh"


You should see something like:


/tools/Xilinx/Vivado/2019.1/settings64.sh

/tools/Xilinx/Vivado/2019.1/settings64.csh


Step #4: If you're running bash type:


source /tools/Xilinx/Vivado/2019.1/settings64.sh

vivado


...or csh type:


source /tools/Xilinx/Vivado/2019.1/settings64.csh

vivado


You can also use:


vivado -mode gui


...and to get helpL


vivado -help


You should see something like:


****** Vivado v2019.1 (64-bit)

**** SW Build 2552052 on Fri May 24 14:47:09 MDT 2019

**** IP Build 2548770 on Fri May 24 18:01:18 MDT 2019

** Copyright 1986-2019 Xilinx, Inc. All Rights Reserved.


start_gui


...and then see the GUI pop up.



Stop the GUI from the GUI


If you'd like to stop the GUI from the GUI


Step #1: Click Tcl Console


Note: you can minimize the console by clicking:


Step #2: type stop_gui in the console


You'll see a Vivado prompt:


Note 2: Type start_gui to restart the GUI.



Run Vivado without a GUI


To run Vivado without the GUI type:


vivado -mode tcl




Run Vivado in Batch Mode, i.e. Just Run a TCL Script


vivado -mode batch -source <your_Tcl_script>




References

  • How do I check which shell I am using? [link]

  • UG835 (v2019.1) May 22, 2019 Tcl Command Reference Guide [link]

  • UG973 (v2019.1) June 7, 2019 Vivado Design Suite 2019.1 Release Notes [link]

  • UG894 (v2019.1) May 22, 2019 Using Tcl Scripting [link]

  • The Xilinx graphic is from [link]



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