Opening the Vivado IDE From the Active Design - 2023.2 English

Vivado Design Suite User Guide: Design Flows Overview (UG892)

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When working in Non-Project Mode, use the following commands to open and close the Vivado IDE on the active design in memory:

  • start_gui opens the Vivado IDE with the active design in memory.
  • stop_gui closes the Vivado IDE and returns to the Vivado Design Suite Tcl shell.
If you exit the Vivado Design Suite from the GUI, the Vivado Design Suite Tcl shell closes and does not save the design in memory. To return to the Vivado Design Suite Tcl shell with the active design intact, use the stop_gui Tcl command rather than the exit command.

After each stage of the design process, you can open the Vivado IDE to analyze and operate on the current design in memory (shown in the following figure). In Non-Project Mode, some of the project features are not available in the Vivado IDE, such as the Flow Navigator, Project Summary, source file access and management, and runs. However, many of the analysis and constraint modification features are available in the Tools menu.

Important: Be aware that any changes made in the Vivado IDE are made to the active design in memory and are automatically applied to downstream tools.
Figure 1. Opening Vivado IDE with the Active Design