Entry: Zynq design from scratch. Part 45. Monday, May 05, 2014

Installing Vivado 2014.1 and SDK 2014.1

A few weeks ago Xilinx released Vivado 2014.1 and SDK 2014.1 Let's install them and find out if anything has changed and what is new. Here are the release notes.


We can find all the documentation on the Xilinx support page. The first thing to read is the "Vivado Design Suite User Guide Getting Started". For more information see the following documents:

  • Vivado Design User Guide: Design Flows Overview (UG892)
  • Vivado Design User Guide: Embedded Processor Hardware Design (UG898)
  • Vivado Design Suite Tutorial: Embedded Hardware Design (UG940)
  • Vivado Design Suite User Guide: Designing IP Subsystems Using IP Integrator (UG994)
  • Vivado Design Suite User Guide: Using the Vivado IDE (UG893)
  • Vivado Design Suite User Guide: Design Analysis and Closure Techniques (UG906)


We will follow the instructions in part7 and only document things that have changed.

1.Download Xilinx_Vivado_SDK_Lin_2014.1_0405_1.tar.gz

2. Unzip, unpack and start the installer.

3. Select Vivado WebPACK.

4. Add the Software Development Kit (SDK)

5. Start the installation.

6. Here is the final result.

Edit .bashrc

We will add the following lines to the .bashrc file:


For new purchases of the Vivado Licenses beginning in 2014.1, Vivado Licenses use an activation-based licensing scheme. Activation-based licensing offers robust security and return features, as well as pave the way for future licensing enhancements. For more information see the Vivado release notes (chapter 5).

Activation based licenses

Instead of requiring a file to be present to authorize a machine, Activation uses a trusted area on the client or server’s hard-drive to store the authorization credentials. This trusted storage area will automatically be installed and initialized beginning with the Vivado 2014.1 installer. When the Vivado tools look for a license feature, they are allowed to run if this trusted storage area contains the proper authorization.

License compatibility

Both certificate and activation-based licenses will be recognized by Vivado 2014.1 and later versions. If the license versions and dates are valid for the tool version being used, it does not matter whether the license is certificate or activation-based. For example, a certificate-based license issued during a previous Vivado release, which is still within the 1-year subscription period will authorize Vivado 2014.1 or later software. No conversion to a new license methodology will be necessary during the remainder of a previous subscription period.

Getting a new license file

Although we can continue using our old license file I see some advantages using an activation based license. Let's get one. Follow the instructions in part 7 to generate and download a new license file. This time we select an activation based license.

After generating the license file, it is downloaded to our $HOME/Download directory. The file is called Xilinx.lic and looks like this.

To me it looks like an XML file. Let's rename it to Xilinx.xml.

Using the Vivado License Manager

The Vivado License Manager is provided on computers with the Xilinx Vivado tools loaded. Use the command vlm to start the license manager.

-> vlm

1. Select Load Design.

3. Click "Activate License" and find the license file (Xliinx.xml).

4. Click Open to load the XML file to the trusted storage area.

Starting Vivado

-> vivado &

Here is the new start up window.

If you get a segmentation error when starting Vivado see part 8 for an explanation.

Starting SDK

-> xsdk &

We are ready to use the Vivado 2014.1 release. I have rerun lab1 and lab2 without any major problems. Almost everything worked as expected. Here are two small hiccups.

1. When starting Vivado the following errors were reported.

Easily fixed by changing the permissions for the 2014.1 directory.

-> sudo chmod 777 $HOME/.Xilinx/Vivado/2014.1

2. When running an application in SDK the following window was displayed.

Easily fixed by deleting the run configuration and creating a new one.

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September 27, 2014   10:24 AM PDT
I don't have an answer for you. As you can see I am using VirtualBox to run Vivado and there it works for me.
September 27, 2014   12:38 AM PDT
hello sven,

i have a problem while loading activation based licence to ubuntu running on vmware. Error massage is "unable to load licences rights into trusted storage". when i search through xilinx forums, it is advised that prompting "xliclientmgr" command with licence.xml file. here is the response of that command.

ERROR: API function 60009 failed, result 51412

Response processing failed.
Exit(4) error when processing response.

According to xilinx forums, this error only occurs on VMs and there is no exact solution. What should i do now ?

June 5, 2014   08:43 PM PDT
Hi guys,

just FYI : I assume you haven't tried to generate a BSP for Petalinux until now with 2014.1 - if you do so - take a look at AR#59809 - hope it helps ...



June 5, 2014   07:43 PM PDT

have you managed to generate a BSP for Petalinux with Vivado/SDK 2014.1 ?

Somehow I get an error - with the simple explanation "Error generating bsp sources ...

Best, Thorsten
May 30, 2014   10:54 AM PDT
Yes, followed Part 8, then It's working now!! Thanks so much.
May 30, 2014   10:48 AM PDT
Dear Sir,
I did follows
"We will use the openJDK Java installation instead of the one that came with the Vivado installation."

and now it working!! thanks so much.
May 30, 2014   10:47 AM PDT
That was a bad advice. See part 8 (Starting Vivado) of my blog for an explanation.
May 30, 2014   10:31 AM PDT
Thanks for good tutorials, I got this error.
work around:
uninstall by removing the /opt/Xilinx, ~/.Xilinx

install again but still same problem.

Could you please advise?

****** v2014.1 (64-bit)
**** SW Build 881834 on Fri Apr 4 14:00:25 MDT 2014
**** IP Build 877625 on Fri Mar 28 16:29:15 MDT 2014
** Copyright 1986-2014 Xilinx, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

/opt/Xilinx/Vivado/2014.1/bin/loader: line 112: 7884 Segmentation fault (core dumped) "$RDI_PROG" "$@"
May 25, 2014   12:39 AM PDT
hello Sven;

new begin, new tutorial , thank you for your share ;)
May 21, 2014   10:14 AM PDT
Thanks for all this but maybe also give a hint to your readers that Activation Based Licensing currently does not seem to work on Virtual Machines, as this shows:


Or is there already a solution?

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