Vivado installation gets stuck at ‘Generating installed device list’

✍️ Written on 2021-02-02 in 308 words. Part of cs software-development usability


I ran into this issue when installing Xilinx Vivado 2018.1 on my Ubuntu 20.04.1. How can one solve it?

Vivado installation getting stuck at ‘Generating installed device list’


I downloaded the “Vivado HLx 2018.1: All OS installer Single-File Download” 17 GB file. I ran the installer and everything seems to work, but the installation gets stuck forever at the final step: “Generating installed device list”. This issue is not listed in Xilinx Vivado’s list of known issues, but I am not the only one with it.


As suggested, the idea is to run the final installation step manually.

  1. Let Vivado install all files first (the command below is not going to work otherwise).

  2. At any point later, run the following command. Be aware that unlike the “as suggested” description, I had to set the environment variable for the linker to work properly. Thus the following should work on a POSIX-compatible shell:

    LD_LIBRARY_PATH=${LD_LIBRARY_PATH}:/opt/Xilinx/Vivado/2018.1/lib/lnx64.o/:/opt/Xilinx/SDK/2018.1/lib/lnx64.o/:/opt/Xilinx/Vivado/2018.1/lnx64/tools/clang-3.9/lib /opt/Xilinx/Vivado/2018.1/bin/vivado -nolog -nojournal -mode batch -source /opt/Xilinx/.xinstall/Vivado_2018.1/scripts/xlpartinfo.tcl -tclargs /opt/Xilinx/Vivado/2018.1/data/parts/installed_devices.txt

    Recognize that /opt/Xilinx/ is my installation directory.

  3. When this command finished, run ps aux | grep -i xilinx | grep nolog to find and kill the stuck command running as part of the GUI application.

  4. Start Vivado and you’re done.