Intel® FPGA Software Installation and Licensing

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Date 4/03/2023

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5.2. Evaluating the Intel® Quartus® Prime Software

You can evaluate the Intel® Quartus® Prime software at no cost for a period of time.

When you start the Intel® Quartus® Prime software, if the software cannot detect a valid license file, a dialog box with the following options appears:

  • Buy the Intel® Quartus® Prime Subscription Edition software—launches your default Internet browser and displays the Buy Design Software page of, where you can view and purchase software.
  • Enter free mode with limited device family support—Only available for Intel® Quartus® Prime Pro Edition software, the free mode supports Intel® Cyclone® 10 GX devices only.
  • Start the 30-day evaluation period with no license file—allows you to use the Intel® Quartus® Prime software for 30 days without programming file support.
  • If you have a valid license file, specify the location of your license file—displays the License Setup page of the Options dialog box, where you can specify the location of your license file.

Select the 30-day evaluation option to evaluate the software before purchase.