The Vivado Design Suite supports different types of projects for different design purposes. For example, you can create a project with RTL sources or synthesized netlists from third-party synthesis providers. You can also create empty I/O planning projects to enable device exploration and early pin planning. The Vivado IDE only displays commands relevant to the selected project type.
In the Vivado IDE, the Create Project wizard walks you through the process of creating a project. The wizard enables you to define the project, including the project name, the location in which to store the project, the project type (for example, RTL, netlist, and so forth), and the target part. You can add different types of sources, such as RTL, IP, Block designs, XDC or SDC constraints, simulation test benches, DSP modules from System Generator as IP, or Vivado High-Level Synthesis (HLS), and design documentation. When you select sources, you can determine whether to reference the source in its original location or to copy the source into the project directory. The Vivado Design Suite tracks the time and date stamp of each file and report status. If files are modified, you are alerted to out-of-date source or design status. For more information, see the Vivado Design Suite User Guide: System-Level Design Entry (UG895).