get_debug_cores - 2023.2 English

Vivado Design Suite Tcl Command Reference Guide (UG835)

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Get a list of debug cores in the current design


get_debug_cores [‑filter <arg>] [‑of_objects <args>] [‑regexp] [‑nocase]
    [‑quiet] [‑verbose] [<patterns>]


List of debug_core objects.


Name Description
[-filter] Filter list with expression
[-of_objects] Get cores of these debug ports or nets
[-regexp] Patterns are full regular expressions
[-nocase] Perform case-insensitive matching (valid only when -regexp specified)
[-quiet] Ignore command errors
[-verbose] Suspend message limits during command execution
[<patterns>] Match debug cores against patterns Default: *


Object, Debug, XDC


Gets a list of AMD Vivado™ Lab Edition debug cores in the current project that match a specified search pattern. The default command gets a list of all debug cores in the project.

Debug cores are added to the project with the create_debug_core command. When a ILA debug core (labtools_ila_v3) is added to the project, it is contained within a Debug Hub core (labtools_xsdbmasterlib_v2), and includes a CLK port and a PROBE port as a default. Additional ports can be added to the debug core with the use of the create_debug_port command.

Note: To improve memory and performance, the get_* commands return a container list of a single type of objects (e.g. cells, nets, pins, or ports). You can add new objects to the list (using lappend for instance), but you can only add the same type of object that is currently in the list. Adding a different type of object, or string, to the list is not permitted and will result in a Tcl error.


-filter <args> - (Optional) Filter the results list with the specified expression. The -filter argument filters the list of objects returned by get_debug_cores based on property values on the debug cores. You can find the properties on an object with the report_property or list_property commands.

The filter search pattern should be quoted to avoid having to escape special characters. String matching is case-sensitive and is always anchored to the start and to the end of the search string. The wildcard “*” character can be used at the beginning or at the end of a search string to widen the search to include a substring of the property value.
Note: The filter returns an object if a specified property exists on the object, and the specified pattern matches the property value on the object. In the case of the "*" wildcard character, this will match a property with a defined value of "".
For string comparison, the specific operators that can be used in filter expressions are "equal" (==), "not-equal" (!=), "match" (=~), and "not-match" (!~). Numeric comparison operators <, >, <=, and >= can also be used. Multiple filter expressions can be joined by AND and OR (&& and ||). The following gets input pins that do NOT contain the “RESET” substring within their name:
get_pins * -filter {DIRECTION == IN && NAME !~ "*RESET*"}
Boolean (bool) type properties can be directly evaluated in filter expressions as true or not true:

-of_objects <args> - (Optional) Get the ILA debug cores associated with the specified debug ports, or nets.

Note: The -of_objects option requires objects to be specified using the get_* commands, such as get_cells or get_pins, rather than specifying objects by name. In addition, -of_objects cannot be used with a search <pattern>.
-regexp - (Optional) Specifies that the search <patterns> are written as regular expressions. Both search <patterns> and -filter expressions must be written as regular expressions when this argument is used. Xilinx® regular expression Tcl commands are always anchored to the start of the search string. You can add ".*" to the beginning or end of a search string to widen the search to include a substring. See for help with regular expression syntax.
Note: The Tcl built-in command regexp is not anchored, and works as a standard Tcl command. For more information refer to

-nocase - (Optional) Perform case-insensitive matching when a pattern has been specified. This argument applies to the use of -regexp only.

-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.

<patterns> - (Optional) Match debug cores against the specified patterns. The default pattern is the wildcard '*' which gets all debug cores. More than one pattern can be specified to find multiple debug cores based on different search criteria.

Note: You must enclose multiple search patterns in braces, {}, or quotes, "", to present the list as a single element.


The following command gets a list of the Vivado Lab Edition debug cores in the current project:

Note: A Debug Hub core is returned as one of the debug cores in the project. You cannot directly create this core, but it is automatically added by the tool when you add any ILA cores to the project.

The following example gets the properties of the specified debug core:

report_property [get_debug_cores myCore]