Intel® Quartus® Prime Pro Edition User Guide: Scripting

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Date 10/04/2021

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1.6. Using Command-Line Executables in Scripts

You can use command-line executables in scripts that control other software, in addition to Intel® Quartus® Prime software. For example, if your design flow uses third-party synthesis or simulation software, and you can run this other software at the command prompt, you can group those commands with Intel® Quartus® Prime executables in a single script.

To set up a new project and apply individual constraints, such as pin location assignments and timing requirements, you must use a Tcl script or the Intel® Quartus® Prime GUI.

Command-line executables are very useful for working with existing projects, for making common global settings, and for performing common operations. For more flexibility in a flow, use a Tcl script. Additionally, Tcl scripts simplify passing data between different stages of the design flow.

For example, you can create a UNIX shell script to run a third-party synthesis software, place-and-route the design in the Intel® Quartus® Prime software, and generate output netlists for other simulation software.