instantiate_example_design - 2022.1 English

Vivado Design Suite Tcl Command Reference Guide (UG835)

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Creates an example design from a predefined template in an open project.


instantiate_example_design [‑design <arg>] [‑hier <arg>] [‑project <arg>]
    [‑project_location <arg>] [‑options <args>] [‑quiet] [‑verbose]


Returns the name of the template applied.


Name Description
[-design] Block Design Name
[-hier] Hierarchy Block
[-project] Project Name
[-project_location] Project location Default: .
[-options] Configurable options
[-quiet] Ignore command errors
[-verbose] Suspend message limits during command execution
<template> Configurable Design Name




This command creates an example design from a predefined template in an open project. The target part specified by the open project must be compatible with the example design, as defined in the SUPPORTED_PARTS property of the example, or an error is returned.

For the embedded processor example designs, base_microblaze and base_zynq, the example design must be created in an open block design in the Vivado® IP integrator. Embedded processor example designs require the use of a board as defined by the BOARD_PART property, rather than a target part. Refer to the current_board_part command for more information.

The command returns the name of the example design used and a transcript of commands; or it returns an error if it fails.


-design <arg> - (Optional) For embedded processor example designs, this option specifies the name of the open and current block design to instantiate the example design into. This option is required for embedded processor example designs. If -design is not specified, an error is returned.

-hier - (Optional) Hierarchy Block

-options <args> - (Optional) Specify the values of configurable properties of the example design.
Tip: The configurable properties (CONFIG.*) of an example design can be returned by the report_property or get_property commands.
-quiet - (Optional) Execute the command quietly, returning no messages from the command. The command also returns TCL_OK regardless of any errors encountered during execution.
Note: Any errors encountered on the command-line, while launching the command, will be returned. Only errors occurring inside the command will be trapped.
-verbose - (Optional) Temporarily override any message limits and return all messages from this command.
Note: Message limits can be defined with the set_msg_config command.

<template> - Specifies the template design to be instantiated into the specified design. The template can be specified by name, or as an object returned by the get_example_designs command.


The following example creates a new project as specified, overwriting an existing project of the same name if one is found, specifies the BOARD_PART property for the project, creates a new empty block design in the Vivado IP integrator, and then instantiates the Zynq embedded processor example design:
create_project zynq1 -force
set_property BOARD_PART [current_project]
create_bd_design myFirstZynq
instantiate_example_design -design myFirstZynq \
[lindex [get_example_designs] 1]
This example reports the configurable properties of the specified example design:
report_property [lindex [get_example_designs] 3] CONFIG.*
This example creates a new empty project as specified, sets a target BOARD for the project, creates and opens a new empty block design, and then instantiates the configurable example design:
create_project mb1 C:/Data/Vivado_Tutorial/Tutorial_Created_Data/mb1
set_property board_part [current_project]
create_bd_design design_1
instantiate_example_design -design design_1 \
   -options { Data_Cache.VALUE 8K Include_DDR4.VALUE true \
   Local_memory.VALUE 128K }\