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Vivado Design Suite Tcl Command Reference Guide (UG835)

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Get a list of Library Cells


get_lib_cells [‑regexp] [‑filter <arg>] [‑nocase] [‑include_unsupported]
    [‑device <arg>] [‑of_objects <args>] [‑quiet] [‑verbose] <patterns>


List of library cells.


Name Description
[-regexp] Patterns are regular expressions.
[-filter] Filter list with expression.
[-nocase] Perform case-insensitive matching when a pattern has been specified. This argument applies to the use of -regexp only.
[-include_unsupported] Include test-only library cells.
[-device] Include only library cells supported on device
[-of_objects] Get the library cells of the objects passed in here. Valid objects are cells or instances (ie, get_cells), cell pins (ie, get_pins) and library pins (ie, get_lib_pins).
[-quiet] Ignore command errors
[-verbose] Suspend message limits during command execution
<patterns> Match library cell names against patterns.




Get a list of cells in the library for the target part of the current design. Use this command to query and look for a specific library cell, or type of cell and to get the properties of the cells.

This command requires a hierarchical name which includes the library name as well as the cell name: lib_name/cell_name.

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.


-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.

-filter <args> - (Optional) Filter the results list with the specified expression. The -filter argument filters the list of objects returned by get_lib_cells based on property values on the cells. 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 <arg> - (Optional) Get a list of library cells of specific cells, pins, or library pins.
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>.
-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> - (Required) Match library cells against the specified patterns. The pattern must specify both the library name and the cell name.


The following example gets the number of the cells in the library for the target part in the current design, and then gets the number of AND type cells in that library:

llength [get_lib_cells [get_libs]/*]
llength [get_lib_cells [get_libs]/AND*]

The following example gets the library cell for the specified cell object:

get_lib_cells -of_objects [lindex [get_cells] 1]