AR# 72033

How do I add boards and example designs to my Vivado environment?


Xilinx has a repository of Board Files and Example Designs in the Git repository.

The board files are located at and the example designs are at

This Answer record demonstrates how to add these Board Files and Example Designs into Vivado 2018.3.

The latest information and flows for the most recent tools can be found in (UG893).


Note: The Xilinx CED Store is an early access capability at this time.

Please contact Xilinx technical support for access to this capability.


Step 1: Get the Board Files

1) Navigate to:

Select the branch that matches your Vivado Version:

2) Download the ZIP file using the Green "Code" button.

3) Extract the XilinxBoardStore-2018.3 folder to the Xilinx installation directory on your PC.

(For example, C:\Xilinx\BoardStore\XilinxBoardStore-2018.3)

Remember this folder location.

Step 2: Get Example Projects

1) Navigate to

2) Download the ZIP file.

3) Extract the XilinxCEDStore-master folder to your PC

(i.e. to C:\Xilinx\CEDStore)

Step 3: Create or edit the Vivado Initialization file

1) See (Xilinx Answer 53090) for more information on loading Tcl scripts during initialization.

2) Navigate to: %APPDATA%/Xilinx/Vivado

  • If init.tcl exists, open the file for editing
  • If not, create a text file, and name it "init.tcl"

3) Add the following lines:

set_param board.repoPaths [list "C:/Xilinx/BoardStore/XilinxBoardStore-2018.3"]
set_param ced.repoPaths [list "C:/Xilinx/CEDStore/XilinxCEDStore-master"]


To confirm that everything has been added correctly, Open Vivado 2018.3 and select Open Example Project:


New Example Projects will now be available:


AR# 72033
Date 08/10/2020
Status Active
Type General Article