AR# 52990


2013.x Vivado - Vivado IDE does not open when the install path includes unicode characters


I installed Vivado to a directory containing unicode (double byte; for example Korean, Chinese, Japanese) characters.

The install completed successfully but when I attempt to open Vivado I receive a message indicating that the Vivado.tcl file does not exist.  

The unicode characters appear to have been changed to question marks (??????????).

couldn't read file "C:/Xilinx/????????? for _P28xd/14.2.ISE_DS.PlanAhead\lib\scripts\rdi\products\Vivado.tcl": no such file or directory
INFO: [Common 17-206] Exiting Vivado...


This issue arises when the system's format (Region and Language - Control Panel) is not set correctly and the Vivado installation path contains Chinese or Japanese characters.

For more information on how to set the format, please see

If you are using a language such as Chinese, and do not set both the locale and format to Chinese, then Vivado (start_gui) will crash.

For more information on Locale, see

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Answer Number Answer Title Version Found Version Resolved
57386 Vivado - "Error when launching vivado.bat: Launcher time out" N/A N/A
AR# 52990
Date 05/21/2014
Status Archive
Type General Article
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