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Reason: Write a PKGBUILD (Discuss in Talk:Xilinx Vivado#)

ArchLinux is not officially supported by Vivado, but as happens with Xilinx ISE WebPACK, most of its features can be used with a bit of hacking.


Xilinx Vivado can be downloaded from its official website [1]. It's recommended to download "Vivado HLx <year>.<version>: All OS installer Single-File Download" tarball, but make sure not to be in a hurry, as it's a large download (near 19 GB). Update tarballs can also be downloaded and installed later.


Installer needs ncurses5 libs, and will not work with ncurses 6 available at official repos. You can work-around this problem by installing ncurses5-compat-libsAUR from the Arch User Repository. You will also need to install libpng12 and lib32-libpng12 for Xilinx Document Navigator to launch.

SDK 2018.3 (potentially also other versions) needs gtk2 library. You may need to install gtk2 if you are planning to use SDK.


On some Tiling Window Managers (confirmed DWM and XMonad), you may need to set this environment variable before launching xsetup (otherwise the installation GUI will not render).


You must install the main package, and it is also recommended to install the latest update patch.

Vivado and SDK

Warning: The patch below is not longer needed in the 2018.1 version. Just unpack and run the xsetup file.

Once downloaded and unpacked the tarball, the install script must be patched to be able to properly detect the machine architecture. You can do it by going to the directory where installer is extracted and running:

$ sed -i.original 's/uname -i/uname -m/' xsetup

Install script will be patched and original will be backed up as xsetup.original, just in case you need to restore it later. Once patched, just run the script; it should work perfect and install the suite without a problem:

# ./xsetup

It is recommended to install the suite at the default location /opt/Xilinx, as further instructions in this page will assume the suite is installed there.

Update patch

Warning: The patch below is not longer needed in the 2018.1 version.

It is recommended to install the latest update patch, and repeat the process each time a new patch is released. Note that update patches cannot be applied to WebPACK installs. If you installed Vivado WebPACK, skip this section.

To install the update, repeat the same hack used to install the suite. Once downloaded and unpacked, go to the directory containing the extracted tarball, patch the install script and run it:

$ sed -i.original 's/uname -i/uname -m/' xsetup
# ./xsetup


Warning: In the 2018.1 Webpack version there is not longer required download an explicit license file, it just works.

If you already have a license file, you can load it using Vivado License Manager. Unfortunately, if you want to obtain a WebPack license, further steps are needed. Vivado installs old stdc++ libraries, causing problems when spawning programs not included with Vivado Suite (like your default browser). To fix this, do the following steps:

# cd /opt/Xilinx/Vivado/2015.4/lib/lnx64.o/
# mv libstdc++.so.6 libstdc++.so.6.orig
# ln -s /usr/lib/libstdc++.so.6

Close any running Vivado Suite program, and launch license manager:

$ /opt/Xilinx/Vivado/2015.4/bin/vlm

If you try obtaining a WebPack license, your default browser should open, and the license should be generated normally. If Vivado License Manager fails to automatically load the generated license, download the .lic file, and manually load it.

Digilent USB-JTAG Drivers

To use Digilent Adept USB-JTAG adapters (e.g. the onboard JTAG adapter on the ZedBoard) from Vivado, you need to install the Digilent Adept Runtime.

Make sure you have installed fxloadAUR from the Arch User Repository .

To install the Digilent Adept Runtime, it is recommended to install digilent.adept.runtimeAUR from the Arch User Repository.

In addition, installing digilent.adept.utilitiesAUR may do good to configuring your board.

Linux cable driver

$ cd {vivado_install_dir}/data/xicom/cable_drivers/lin64/install_script/install_drivers

Then run as root privilege:

$ sudo ./install_drivers

Tips and tricks

Create .desktop files

Note: For 2018.3 and later, there is no need to write .desktop file manually

To ease launching programs, you can create the following .desktop files for Vivado IDE, SDK and DocNav:

#!/usr/bin/env xdg-open
[Desktop Entry]
Name=Xilinx Vivado IDE
Exec=sh -c "unset LANG && unset QT_PLUGIN_PATH && source /opt/Xilinx/Vivado/2018.1/settings64.sh && vivado"
Comment=Vivado Integrated Development Environment
#!/usr/bin/env xdg-open
[Desktop Entry]
Name=Xilinx SDK
Exec=sh -c "unset LANG && unset QT_PLUGIN_PATH && source /opt/Xilinx/SDK/2018.1/settings64.sh && xsdk"
Comment=Xilinx Software Development Kit
#!/usr/bin/env xdg-open
[Desktop Entry]
Name=Xilinx Documentation Navigator 
Exec=sh -c "/opt/Xilinx/DocNav/docnav"
Comment=Xilinx Documentation Navigator

Enable display scaling

Start vivado, then set the scaling rate as follow:

Tools -> Setting -> Display -> Scaling

Disable WebTalk

The free WebPACK license does not let you disable this feature which uploads usage data to Xilinx's servers when generating a bitstream, but synthesis will complete just fine if the connection fails. A simple way to make it fail consistently for Vivado tools only is to set an invalid HTTPS proxy for it.


export HTTPS_PROXY=localhost

This method will not pollute your environment, only the temporary environment that is configured upon startup of the tools, so it shouldn't break anything else.


Synthesis segfaults

See https://forums.xilinx.com/t5/Synthesis/Vivado-crashes-on-Arch-Linux-when-performing-synthesis/td-p/706847

You'll need to recompile glibc (just take the PKGBUILD from the abs) with --disable-lock-elision. Instead of patching the system libc in /usr/lib, copy the newly compiled libpthread-2.25.so and libc-2.25.so to /opt/Xilinx/Vivado/2016.4/ids_lite/ISE/lib/lin64 Don't forget to repeat this when glibc gets upgraded.

xsct, xsdb, xmd, and tclsh segfault

The Xilinx Vivado command-line tools xsct, xsdb, xmd, and tclsh may crash with a message similar to the following:

Segmentation fault (core dumped) "$RDI_BINROOT"/unwrapped/"$RDI_PLATFORM$RDI_OPT_EXT"/rlwrap -rc -f "$RDI_APPROOT"/scripts/xsdb/xsdb/cmdlist -H "$HOME"/.xsctcmdhistory "$RDI_BINROOT"/loader -exec rdi_xsct "${RDI_ARGS[@]}"

This is a problem with the rlwrap version bundled with Vivado, probably due to the lack of legacy vsyscall emulation in Arch Linux. To fix this issue, either drop rlwrap altogether (losing command history and auto-completion), or install rlwrap from the official repo and edit the path to the rlwrap binary in the affected command startup script(s) from:

# Use rlwrap to invoke the tool
"$RDI_BINROOT"/unwrapped/"$RDI_PLATFORM$RDI_OPT_EXT"/rlwrap ...

To the following:

# Use rlwrap to invoke the tool
/usr/bin/rlwrap ...
# OR run the tool without rlwrap
#"$RDI_BINROOT"/loader -exec rdi_{xsct,xsdb,xmd,tclsh} "${RDI_ARGS[@]}"

Vivado HLS testbench error with GCC

Vivado requires an older version of glibc (2.26 as of vivado 2018.1).

The solution proposed in this thread from Xilinx forums suggests to update the fixed headers shipped by Xilinx.

For vivado version 2016, run:

 # /opt/Xilinx/Vivado_HLS/<version>/lnx64/tools/gcc/libexec/gcc/x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu/4.6.3/install-tools/mkheaders /opt/Xilinx/Vivado_HLS/<version>/lnx64/tools/gcc/

For vivado 2017 and newer, run:

 # /opt/Xilinx/Vivado/2018.1/lnx64/tools/gcc/libexec/gcc/x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu/4.6.3/install-tools/mkheaders /opt/Xilinx/Vivado/2018.1/lnx64/tools/gcc

Vivado Crashes with Wayland

If Vivado crashes and the error file contains something similar to this:

# An unexpected error has occurred (11)
/opt/Xilinx/Vivado/2018.2/tps/lnx64/jre/lib/amd64/server/libjvm.so(+0x923da9) [0x7fced0c19da9]
/opt/Xilinx/Vivado/2018.2/tps/lnx64/jre/lib/amd64/server/libjvm.so(JVM_handle_linux_signal+0xb6) [0x7fced0c203f6]
/opt/Xilinx/Vivado/2018.2/tps/lnx64/jre/lib/amd64/server/libjvm.so(+0x9209d3) [0x7fced0c169d3]
/usr/lib/libc.so.6(+0x368f0) [0x7fcf0ea408f0]
/opt/Xilinx/Vivado/2018.2/tps/lnx64/jre/lib/amd64/libawt_xawt.so(+0x42028) [0x7fceb1a20028]
/opt/Xilinx/Vivado/2018.2/tps/lnx64/jre/lib/amd64/libawt_xawt.so(+0x42288) [0x7fceb1a20288]
/opt/Xilinx/Vivado/2018.2/tps/lnx64/jre/lib/amd64/libawt_xawt.so(Java_sun_awt_X11_XRobotPeer_getRGBPixelsImpl+0x17c) [0x7fceb1a1867c]

Switch to using Xorg instead of Wayland. The version of Java Vivado uses has compatibility problems with Wayland.

Opening a synthesis or implementation design fails in Vivado 2017.1

This can be fixed according to the following Xilinx support answer: https://www.xilinx.com/support/answers/69088.html