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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 https://github.com/Xilinx/XilinxBoardStore and the example designs are at https://github.com/Xilinx/XilinxCEDStore

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


Step 1: Get the Board Files

1) Navigate to: https://github.com/Xilinx/XilinxBoardStore/tree/2018.3

Select the branch that matches your Vivado Version:


2) Download the ZIP file.


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 https://github.com/Xilinx/XilinxCEDStore

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 02/22/2019
Status Active
Type General Article
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