Xilinx Vivado

From ArchWiki

Arch Linux 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 is 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 is a large download (over 70 GB). Update tarballs can also be downloaded and installed later. The other installer can also be used, but see the troubleshooting section below first.

AUR Package

The vivadoAUR package can be used to create a Vivado installation managed by pacman. Since the download of the installer is locked behind a login wall, it needs to be downloaded manually as outlined above and placed in the same directory as the PKGBUILD. The package only builds the latest major version (<year>.<version>), not the minor updates (<year>.<version>.<update>); if these are required, install Vivado manually instead.

Digilent USB-JTAG Drivers

To use Digilent Adept USB-JTAG adapters (e.g. the onboard JTAG adapter on the ZedBoard[dead link 2023-10-29 ⓘ]) from Vivado, you need to install the Digilent Adept Runtime.

Make sure you have installed fxloadAUR.

To install the Digilent Adept Runtime, it is recommended to install digilent.adept.runtimeAUR.

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

Tips and tricks

Enable display scaling

Start Vivado, then set the scaling rate through 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 should not break anything else.

Modifying the installation

This article or section is being considered for removal.

Reason: Not Arch-specific, already covered in upstream documentation. (Discuss in Talk:Xilinx Vivado)

If you have installed Vivado through the Web Installer and want to change your installation (e. g. to add/remove hardware packages), run <install path>/.xinstall/Vivado_<version>/xsetup.


HTML links under Help menu do not open in browser

See https://support.xilinx.com/s/article/76524?language=en_US

Create file

firefox $@

then configure the script at Window > Preferences > Web Browser.

Vitis HLS no response or only splash screen visible

See https://support.xilinx.com/s/question/0D52E00006hpY4PSAU/vitishls-20202-not-starting-only-splash-screen-visible

When you run /Xilinx_path/Vitis_HLS/yyyy.Q/bin/vitis_hls (the path of Vitis_HLS in *.Desktop file), you may get

****** Vitis HLS - High-Level Synthesis from C, C++ and OpenCL v2021.2 (64-bit)
  **** SW Build 3367213 on Tue Oct 19 02:47:39 MDT 2021
  **** IP Build 3369179 on Thu Oct 21 08:25:16 MDT 2021
    ** Copyright 1986-2021 Xilinx, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

source /opt/Xilinx/Vitis_HLS/2021.2/scripts/vitis_hls/hls.tcl -notrace
INFO: [HLS 200-10] Running '/opt/Xilinx/Vitis_HLS/2021.2/bin/unwrapped/lnx64.o/vitis_hls'
INFO: [HLS 200-10] For user 'username' on host 'hostname' (Linux_x86_64 version 5.14.16-arch1-1) on Sun Nov 07 21:57:50 CST 2021
INFO: [HLS 200-10] On os "Arch Linux"
INFO: [HLS 200-10] In directory '$HOME'
INFO: [HLS 200-10] Bringing up Vitis HLS GUI ...

Then it is stuck here or exit directly.

To fix this issue, first change the file /Xilinx_path/Vitis_HLS/yyyy.Q/common/scripts/autopilot_init.tcl line 40





Then add


to file


Synthesis segfaults

See https://support.xilinx.com/s/feed/0D52E00006hpUycSAE?language=en_US

You will 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 Do not 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 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).

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


 # /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.

To update Vivado from 2020.1 to Vivado 2020.1.1

If your 2020.1 installation failed to launch and needed to be installed in batch mode, you will need to update using batch mode:

# ./xsetup -b Update

If Vivado was originally installed by the root user, you will need to launch the update as the root user.

Configuring an IP in Vivado 2021.2 causes a crash

See [2]

When editing an IP with Vivado 2021.2, Vivado may crash and report the following error:

# An unexpected error has occurred (11)
/opt/Xilinx/Vivado/2021.2/tps/lnx64/jre11.0.11_9/lib//server/libjvm.so(+0xbefecb) [0x7fd1e21efecb]
/opt/Xilinx/Vivado/2021.2/tps/lnx64/jre11.0.11_9/lib//server/libjvm.so(JVM_handle_linux_signal+0xd1) [0x7fd1e21f6c81]
/opt/Xilinx/Vivado/2021.2/tps/lnx64/jre11.0.11_9/lib//server/libjvm.so(+0xbead23) [0x7fd1e21ead23]
/usr/lib/libc.so.6(+0x42560) [0x7fd246e38560]
/opt/Xilinx/Vivado/2021.2/tps/lnx64/jre11.0.11_9/lib/libharfbuzz.so(+0x3574d) [0x7fd1bc03574d]
/usr/lib/libharfbuzz.so.0(hb_font_funcs_set_glyph_shape_func+0x36) [0x7fd24503e886]
/usr/lib/libharfbuzz.so.0(+0x9a802) [0x7fd2450ab802]
/usr/lib/libharfbuzz.so.0(hb_ft_font_create+0x37) [0x7fd2450abcc7]
/usr/lib/libfreetype.so.6(+0x5e2f0) [0x7fd2464912f0]
/usr/lib/libfreetype.so.6(+0x6b7ad) [0x7fd24649e7ad]
/usr/lib/libfreetype.so.6(FT_Load_Glyph+0x681) [0x7fd2464471a1]
/opt/Xilinx/Vivado/2021.2/tps/lnx64/jre11.0.11_9/lib/libfontmanager.so(+0x7abf) [0x7fd1bc407abf]
/opt/Xilinx/Vivado/2021.2/tps/lnx64/jre11.0.11_9/lib/libfontmanager.so(Java_sun_font_FreetypeFontScaler_getGlyphAdvanceNative+0x14) [0x7fd1bc4082b4]

This is due to a conflict between Vivado's and system's version of harfbuzz library.

A possible workaround is to force Vivado to use the system libharfbuzz, by renaming the .so

# mv /opt/Xilinx/Vivado/2021.2/tps/lnx64/jre11.0.11_9/lib/libharfbuzz.so /opt/Xilinx/Vivado/2021.2/tps/lnx64/jre11.0.11_9/lib/libharfbuzz.so.bak

Synthesis fails on certain locales

If your system locale does not use a dot . as the decimal seperator, but for example a comma , (e.g. de_DE), synthesis may fail with errors such as wrong operator types for +.

A possible workaround is to force Vivado to use en_US.UTF-8 as the locale for numerics. This can be easily done by appending

export LC_NUMERIC=en_US.UTF-8

to <your-vivado-installation-path>/bin/setupEnv.sh.

Fonts ignore system anti-aliasing settings

With OpenJDK 11 and Vivado display scaling activated, the menu and other UI element fonts may render without any anti-antialiasing regardless of desktop environment settings. This can be fixed by editing the Vivado launch script to append awt.useSystemAAFontSettings=on to the JVM options.

Assuming Vivado is installed in the default location of /opt/Xilinx/Vivado/YYYY.Q where YYYY.Q is the verion (i.e. 2020.2), modify vivado to include the following:

export _JAVA_OPTIONS="-Dawt.useSystemAAFontSettings=on -Dswing.aatext=true"

Blank/grey UI when using WM (non-reparenting window manager)

This is a common issue in a number of window managers. (DWM, Awesome, bspwm) Java does not play well with these window managers.


Vitis: cannot open libssl.so.10

While creating a new platform component, cmake error on

cmake: error while loading shared libraries: libssl.so.10: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory


sudo ln -sf /path/to/Vitis/2023.2/tps/lnx64/cmake-3.24.2/libs/Rhel/9/* /usr/lib

Vitis: Can't load library: ... libswt-pi4-gtk.so ...

You run vitis:

$ /tools/Xilinx/Vitis/2022.2/bin/vitis

You get error messages here

	no swt-pi4-gtk-4932r18 in java.library.path: [/tools/Xilinx/Vitis/2022.2/tps/lnx64/java-cef-95.0.4638.69/bin/lib/linux64, /tools/Xilinx/Vitis/2022.2/tps/lnx64/javafx-sdk-11.0.2/lib, /tools/Xilinx/Vitis/2022.2/lib/lnx64.o/Default, /tools/Xilinx/Vitis/2022.2/lib/lnx64.o, /tools/Xilinx/Vitis/2022.2/tps/lnx64/jre11.0.11_9/lib/, /tools/Xilinx/Vitis/2022.2/tps/lnx64/jre11.0.11_9/lib//server, /tools/Xilinx/Vitis/2022.2/lib/lnx64.o, /tools/Xilinx/Vitis/2022.2/lib/lnx64.o/Default, /tools/Xilinx/Vitis/2022.2/lib/lnx64.o, /tools/Xilinx/Vitis/2022.2/tps/lnx64/python-3.8.3/lib, /tools/Xilinx/Vitis/2022.2/aietools/lib/lnx64.o, /tools/Xilinx/Vitis/2022.2/bin/../lnx64/tools/dot/lib, /usr/java/packages/lib, /usr/lib64, /lib64, /lib, /usr/lib]
	no swt-pi4-gtk in java.library.path: [/tools/Xilinx/Vitis/2022.2/tps/lnx64/java-cef-95.0.4638.69/bin/lib/linux64, /tools/Xilinx/Vitis/2022.2/tps/lnx64/javafx-sdk-11.0.2/lib, /tools/Xilinx/Vitis/2022.2/lib/lnx64.o/Default, /tools/Xilinx/Vitis/2022.2/lib/lnx64.o, /tools/Xilinx/Vitis/2022.2/tps/lnx64/jre11.0.11_9/lib/, /tools/Xilinx/Vitis/2022.2/tps/lnx64/jre11.0.11_9/lib//server, /tools/Xilinx/Vitis/2022.2/lib/lnx64.o, /tools/Xilinx/Vitis/2022.2/lib/lnx64.o/Default, /tools/Xilinx/Vitis/2022.2/lib/lnx64.o, /tools/Xilinx/Vitis/2022.2/tps/lnx64/python-3.8.3/lib, /tools/Xilinx/Vitis/2022.2/aietools/lib/lnx64.o, /tools/Xilinx/Vitis/2022.2/bin/../lnx64/tools/dot/lib, /usr/java/packages/lib, /usr/lib64, /lib64, /lib, /usr/lib]
	Can't load library: /home/<user>/.swt/lib/linux/x86_64/libswt-pi4-gtk-4932r18.so
	Can't load library: /home/<user>/.swt/lib/linux/x86_64/libswt-pi4-gtk.so

This problem is due to libstdc++.so.6.

Make sure libstdc++.so.6 has been installed in your computer:

$ find /usr/lib -iname 'libstdc++.so.6'

Let's fix it:

# cd /tools/Xilinx/Vitis/2022.2/lib/lnx64.o/Default/
# mv libstdc++.so.6 libstdc++.so.6.bak
# ln -sf /usr/lib/libstdc++.so.6 ./libstdc++.so

Above way should solve this problem when you run Vitis.

The self-extracting web installer hangs at "Generating installed devices list"

Install ncurses5-compat-libsAUR.

Segfault if an LDAP user compiles a Vitis kernel

Symptom: LDAP users encounter segmentation faults, but local users do not.

Example error when a Vitis kernel is compiled using v++:

/opt/Xilinx/Vivado/2023.2/bin/rdiArgs.sh: line 369: ... Segmentation fault      (core dumped) "$RDI_PROG" "$@"
segfault in /opt/Xilinx/Vivado/2023.2/bin/unwrapped/lnx64.o/vivado -exec vivado -notrace -mode batch -source run_ippack.tcl, exiting...
ERROR: [IMPL 213-28] Failed to generate IP.
command 'ap_source' returned error code
   while executing
"source vadd.tcl"
   ("uplevel" body line 1)
   invoked from within
"uplevel \#0 [list source $tclfile] "

If you remove ldap from the name service switch configuration file, the symptom is gone, however the LDAP users cannot login:

passwd: files systemd [success=return] #ldap

The workaround is to create local users.


Xilinx Vivado contains modules called Intelectual Property (IP) cores and as the name suggests, you should expect licenses to be required for these modules. Two modes of licensing are possible: Floating (server) or Nodelocked (license file).

Floating License

Set the environment variable XILINX_LICENSE_FILE to point to a floating server license. You will have to be on the same network as the server, so connecting with a VPN might me required.

# Add your floating license
export XILINXD_LICENSE_FILE=2100@<server_name>

Nodeblocked License

Generate a license file at https://www.xilinx.com/getlicense . You will shortly receive an automatically generated email with the license file Xilinx.lic. Download this to ${HOME}/.Xilinx directory.