- Download the ISE 14.7 webpack (not Vivado) from Xilinx download page. You will need to download all four files (about 10Gbytes so find a big disk). You will probably need to register.
You will need an additional ~21 GBytes for the installation (by default in /opt/Xilinx so check it has enough space).
Unpack the tar file (file 1 of 4).
- run ./xsetup file
- Select "install cable drivers" and "ISE webpack". The cable driver installation will fail on Fedora at the end; if that happens follow the next section.
- You will need a free license key. Either request one from Xilinx or ask me. When asked for key management, select "copy file" and select "Xilinx.lic". After installation, you should see a list of active products.
- When everything is working, delete the download files.
Fedora 17 and 20
The cable driver installation will fail on Fedora 17 and 20.
Follow these instructions : Xilinx JTAG linux (written for Ubuntu but works on Fedora). Short version:
Adding the Xilinx ISE to your PATH seems to cause conflicts so do not do it by default but only when you need to upload the firmware.
See Uploading USBDAQ Firmware for how to upload the firmware.