How to Install Xilinx ISE 14.7 on your Windows 10 PC

Xilinx ISE is an IDE(Integrated Development Environment) for Designing CPU. The installation curve is a little bit steep so I write this tutorial here.

NOTE: The connection to a Xilinx FPGA board is not supported on Windows VM(Virtual Machine) running on macOS or even with the aid of BootCamp as a dual system.

Download & Install the image

You can search on Google with the keywords “Xilinx ise 14.7 google drive”, then you should find some result like the following. Download it and install it as you would do with other programs.

You can use IDM(Internet Download Manager) to speed up your download.

During the installation, you should be aware that to finish the default installation process, you should have MATLAB no later than 2017b installed on your PC.(2018a, 2018b, 2019a, 2019b may not work, as I dare not to try)

HOLD ON! How about activating the software?

Get the License

Download the license at here, and load it upon finishing the installation.

Fix Some Potential Crash

After the installation, you might be unable to open or even create a project. To solve that, you should follow the following instructions


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