Intel® Quartus® Prime Pro Edition User Guide: Getting Started

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Date 4/03/2023

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Document Table of Contents quartus_cdb Executables to Manage Version-Compatible Databases

The command-line arguments to the quartus_cdb executable in the Quartus Prime Pro software are export_design and import_design. The exported version-compatible design files are archived in a file (with a .qdb extension). This differs from the Intel® Quartus® Prime Standard Edition software, which writes all files to a directory.

In the Intel® Quartus® Prime Standard Edition software, the flow exports both post-map and post-fit databases. In the Intel® Quartus® Prime Pro Edition software, the export command requires the snapshot argument to indicate the target snapshot to export. If the specified snapshot has not been compiled, the flow exits with an error. In ACDS 16.0, export is limited to “synthesized” and “final” snapshots.

quartus_cdb <project_name> [-c <revision_name>] --export_design --snapshot <snapshot_name> --file <filename>.qdb

The import command takes the exported *.qdb file and the project to which you want to import the design.

quartus_cdb <project_name> [-c <revision_name>] --import_design --file <archive>.qdb [--overwrite] [--timing_analysis_mode]

The --timing_analysis_mode option is only available for Intel® Arria® 10 designs. The option disables legality checks for certain configuration rules that may have changed from prior versions of the Intel® Quartus® Prime software. Use this option only if you cannot successfully import your design without it. After you have imported a design in timing analysis mode, you cannot use it to generate programming files.