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AR# 69933

2017.3 Vivado - When I open my exported example design I get ERROR: [Common 17-53] User Exception: Project already exists on disk, please use '-force' option to overwrite


Vivado 2017.3 gives me the option to create and export my own design as an example design. It can be opened as an example in Vivado.

I have successfully created an example design.  However, when I try to open it I get the following error.

ERROR: [Common 17-53] User Exception: Project already exists on disk, please use '-force' option to overwrite:
ERROR: [Common 17-53] User Exception: No open project. Please create or open a project before executing this command

On a Windows 10 platform, this problem can result in Vivado hanging, running out of memory, or unexpectedly terminating.


This issue will be fixed in Vivado 2017.4.

To fix the exported example project in Vivado 2017.3, do the following:

  1. Generate the original design and export it to a known directory.
  2. Open the init.tcl and *_design.tcl files located in the exported directory location.
  3. Modify the init.tcl file as follows:


Old line:

close_project -delete

New line:

#close_project delete


  1. Modify the *_design.tcl as follows:

Old line:

create_project ${project_name} ./${project_name}

New line:

#create_project ${project_name} ./${project_name}

AR# 69933
Date 10/18/2017
Status Active
Type General Article
  • Vivado Design Suite - 2017.3
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