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Last Modified: October 12, 2010

How do I download and install the Altera software version 10.0 for Windows from the command line?

Description

To use the command line instead of the GUI to install the Altera® software version 10.0 for Windows, follow the steps below:

  1. If you have not already downloaded the Altera Software Installer, follow these steps:
  2. Navigate to the folder containing altera_installer.external.exe and run the executable
  3. View information on installing using the command line by clicking on the For Altera Software Installer command-line options, click here link in the Altera Software Installer GUI
  4. Note the following in the Command Line Usage window
    • The path to the command-line installer is displayed in the upper portion of the window
      • The executable path should be similar to
        %TEMP%\altera\10.0\218\bin\altera_installer_cmd.exe
    • The options for the command-line installer are displayed in the central and lower portions of the window
    • The options you need depend upon your intended installation:
      • The -a or --all option will install all the Altera software;
        the -i INSTALL or --install=INSTALL option will install individual elements
      • The -n or --net option will install from the Internet;
        the -s INSTALLER_DIR or --source=INSTALLER_DIR option will install from previously-downloaded files on your computer
        • If you install from the Internet, you may also need the --proxyhost=PROXYHOST, --username=PROXYUSER, and --password=PROXYPASS options depending on how your computer connects to the Internet
      • The -t TARGET_DIR or --target=TARGET_DIR option specifies the directory to install the software
      • Select other options as appropriate
    • Click the OK button to close the Command Line Usage window
  5. Click Cancel to exit from the Altera Software Installer GUI
  6. At a Windows Command Prompt, run the command-line installer tool with the desired options
    • Include the executable path as displayed in the Command Line Usage window
    • Include your selected options and arguments

Examples

To download and install the full (subscription) edition of the Altera Complete Design Suite to the directory C:\altera\10.0 from a direct Internet connection and remove temporary download files when complete, run the following command at the Windows Command Prompt:

<command-line installer path>\altera_installer_cmd.exe --all --full --net
--target=C:\altera\10.0 --remove_temp .

To only download the web (free) edition of the Altera Complete Design Suite to the directory C:\altera_download from a direct Internet connection, run the following command at the Windows Command Prompt:

<command-line installer path>\altera_installer_cmd.exe --all --web --net
--temp=C:\altera_download --download_only .

To only install the web (free) edition of the Quartus® II software to the directory C:\altera\10.0 from files previously downloaded to the directory C:\altera_download, run the following command and the Windows Command Prompt:

<command-line installer path>\altera_installer_cmd.exe --install=quartus_free
--source=C:\altera_download --target=C:\altera\10.0 .

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