Install Certificate-Based Node-Locked License Key File - 2021.2 English

Vivado Design Suite User Guide: Release Notes, Installation, and Licensing

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2021.2 English

After generating a license file, you will receive an email from ‘’.

  1. Save the license file (.lic) attached to the e-mail to a temporary directory on your local system.
  2. Run the Vivado License Manager:
    • For Windows 10 or earlier: Select Start > All Programs > Xilinx Design Tools > Vivado 2021.2 > Manage Xilinx Licenses.
    • For Windows 8.1: Run the Manage Xilinx Licenses app from the full listing of Apps on your Start screen.
    • For Linux: Type vlm in a command-line shell.
  3. On the left hand pane of Vivado License Manager, expand Getting a License and select Load License.
  4. If you received a certificate license (.lic) file, click the Copy License button on the Load License screen.
  5. Browse to your license file (Xilinx.lic) and click Open.

    This action copies the license file to the %APPDATA%\XilinxLicense (Windows) or <Home>/.Xilinx directory of your computer where it will be automatically found by the Xilinx tools.

  6. Click OK.