Intel® Quartus® Prime Standard Edition User Guide: Debug Tools

ID 683552
Date 9/24/2018
Document Table of Contents

2.8.7. Design Service

You can use design service commands to work with Intel® Quartus® Prime design information.


When you open System Console from the Intel® Quartus® Prime software or Platform Designer (Standard), the current project's debug information is sourced automatically if the .sof has been built. In other situations, you can load manually.

set sof_path [file join project_dir output_files project_name.sof]
set design [design_load $sof_path]

System Console is now aware that this particular .sof has been loaded.


Once a .sof is loaded, System Console automatically links design information to the connected device. The resultant link persists and you can choose to unlink or reuse the link on an equivalent device with the same .sof.

You can perform manual linking.

set device_index 0; # Device index for our target
set device [lindex [get_service_paths device] $device_index]
design_link $design $device

Manually linking fails if the target device does not match the design service.

Linking fails even if the .sof programmed to the target is not the same as the design .sof.