Intel® FPGA Software Installation and Licensing

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Date 7/05/2023

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5. Licensing Intel® FPGA Software

Most Intel FPGA software requires you to use a license to enable the software. Intel provides this license in a file named license.dat. The Intel® Quartus® Prime Lite Edition is free and does not require license. Questa*-Intel® FPGA Starter Edition is also free, but requires zero cost licenses. The Intel® Quartus® Prime Pro Edition software requires no license for Intel® Cyclone® 10 GX devices only.
When you purchase an Intel® Quartus® Prime software subscription, the license file supports:
  • The version of the Intel® Quartus® Prime software you purchase
  • All previous supported versions
  • All versions released within a year of the purchase date
Most license entitlements for Intel® Quartus® Prime software and Intel® FPGA IP cores are perpetual. Any exceptions for products or complementary tools such as Questa*-Intel® FPGA Edition are noted in the license file and on the Self Service License Center as having a license expiration date.

Intel also uses licenses to enable additional software, such as purchased IP cores. For more information about licensing conditions of Intel FPGA software, refer to Types of Intel FPGA Software Licenses.