ModelSim-Altera Installation Instructions

ModelSim-Altera Installation Instructions

There are two versions of the Mentor Graphics ® ModelSim®-Altera® software available:

  • ModelSim-Altera Edition—Quartus® II Subscription (paid)
  • ModelSim-Altera Web Edition—Quartus II Web Edition (free) New

PC Installation

Both ModelSim-Altera Edition and ModelSim-Altera Web Edition are available for installation on PC systems.

  1. Download the installation file to your hard drive and unzip it.
  2. Run the installation program for ModelSim-Altera located in the modelsim/pc directory.
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the software.
    Note: The software installation directory path cannot contain spaces.
  4. Reboot your computer when the installation is complete.
If you have an installation or licensing question that is not addressed here, visit the AlteramySupport web site.

UNIX Installation (Solaris, Red Hat Linux, and HP-UX)

Only ModelSim-Altera Edition is available for installation on UNIX systems.

  1. Download the installation tar file to a temporary directory.
  2. Type the following commands from that temporary directory:

    tar -xf modeltech-altera-unix-<version number>.tar
    cd modelsim/unix
    ./install.ms

  3. The installation script guides you through the installation procedure.

If you have an installation or licensing question that is not addressed here, visit the Altera mySupport web site.

Pre-Compiled Library Installation

The following ModelSim-Altera software is available for pre-compiled library installation:

  • ModelSim-Altera Edition (PC, UNIX/Linux)
  • ModelSim-Altera Web Edition (PC only)

If you use the ModelSim-Altera simulation software, you must update the ModelSim-Altera pre-compiled libraries when you install a Quartus II software service pack. This update is not required for users of ModelSim PE/SE or other simulation tools.

  1. Exit the ModelSim-Altera software before continuing.
  2. Download the pre-compiled library update file.
    Note: Pre-compiled libraries for supported platforms are distributed in a single file.
  3. Copy the file to the <ModelSim-Altera software installation>/altera directory of your ModelSim-Altera software installation.
  4. Unzip the file in that directory.
  5. (Optional) Delete the pre-compiled library update file.
If you have an installation or licensing question or problem that is not addressed here, visit the AlteramySupport web site.