Intel® FPGA Software Installation and Licensing (HTML | PDF)
Many Intel® FPGA software tools and intellectual property (IP) cores require a license file to operate. License entitlements will be set up once your order has been processed. The entitlements are then managed in the Intel FPGA Self Service Licensing Center (SSLC), where you can generate a license.dat file. This file enables you to use the software or IP product licensed, all previous versions, and all versions released within a year of the purchase date.
In your license file, you will see two dates: the maintenance expiration date and the license expiration date. The maintenance expiration date controls the latest version of the product you are entitled to use. The license expiration date controls the length of time a product can be used . The license stops working when it reaches the expiration date. Few Intel FPGA software and IP products are licensed with a full license expiration date – most are licensed on a perpetual basis with no license expiration.
The following table details the license requirements for various Intel FPGA software tools and IP cores.
Software / IP
License Key Required?
License Fee Required?
Intel® Quartus® Prime Pro Edition
Note: Intel Quartus Prime Pro Edition software seat licenses include licenses for the Intel Quartus Prime Standard Edition software.
Beginning with version 8.1, a license file is no longer required for this or future versions of the Intel Quartus II Web Edition or Intel Quartus Prime Lite Edition software. There is no charge for this version of the software.
ModelSim - Intel FPGA Edition
Yes, a license fee is charged per seat.
License fee includes 12 months of maintenance renewable annually.
ModelSim-Intel FPGA Starter Edition
Nios® II Embedded Design Suite
No, the tool is free but you must have a seat license to the Nios II IP core or a development kit to generate an FPGA programming file and flash programming files. There is no license fee for developing software using only the Nios II Software Build Tools for Eclipse.
DSP Builder for Intel FPGAs
Intel FPGA SDK for OpenCL™
Intel SoC FPGA Embedded Development Suite (SoC EDS)
Arm Development Studio Intel SoC FPGA Edition License
30-day evaluation of Arm Development Studio Intel SoC FPGA Edition License
Arm Development Studio License Options (Chapter: Licensing) (HTML | PDF)
Intel Quartus Prime Lite Edition or Intel Quartus II Web Edition Licensing
Get a license for previous versions (prior to version 8.1) of the Intel Quartus II Web Edition software. Beginning with version 8.1, a license file is no longer required for this or future versions of the Intel Quartus II Web Edition or Intel Quartus Prime Lite Edition software.
Arm Development Studio 5 Intel SoC FPGA Edition License:
If you have purchased a SoC development kit or a stand-alone license for DS-5 AE, then you have already received an Arm license serial number. Use this serial number to activate your license in the Arm Development Studio.
The legacy software and IP license generator will generate only licenses with maintenance expiration prior to January 1, 2009. For software and IP licenses with a maintenance expiration date after January 1, 2009, please log on to the Intel FPGA Self Service Licensing Center.