Setup and installation

SpinalSim + Verilator is supported on both Linux and Windows platforms.

Scala

Don’t forget to add the following in your build.sbt file:

fork := true

And you will always need the following imports in your Scala testbench:

import spinal.core._
import spinal.core.sim._

Linux

You will also need a recent version of Verilator installed :

sudo apt-get install git make autoconf g++ flex bison -y  # First time prerequisites
git clone http://git.veripool.org/git/verilator   # Only first time
unsetenv VERILATOR_ROOT  # For csh; ignore error if on bash
unset VERILATOR_ROOT  # For bash
cd verilator
git pull        # Make sure we're up-to-date
git checkout v3.916
autoconf        # Create ./configure script
./configure
make -j$(nproc)
sudo make install
echo "DONE"

Windows

In order to get SpinalSim + Verilator working on Windows, you have to do the following:

  • Install MSYS2

  • Via MSYS2 get gcc/g++/verilator (for Verilator you can compile it from the sources)

  • Add bin and usr\bin of MSYS2 into your windows PATH (ie : C:\msys64\usr\bin;C:\msys64\mingw64\bin)

Then you should be able to run SpinalSim + Verilator from your Scala project without having to use MSYS2 anymore.

From a fresh install of MSYS2 MinGW 64-bit, you will have to run the following commands inside the MSYS2 MinGW 64-bits shell (enter commands one by one):

From the MinGW package manager

pacman -Syuu
# Close the MSYS2 shell once you're asked to
pacman -Syuu
pacman -S --needed base-devel mingw-w64-x86_64-toolchain \
                   git flex\
                   mingw-w64-x86_64-cmake

pacman -S mingw-w64-x86_64-verilator

# Add C:\msys64\usr\bin;C:\msys64\mingw64\bin to your Windows PATH

From source

pacman -Syuu
# Close the MSYS2 shell once you're asked to
pacman -Syuu
pacman -S --needed base-devel mingw-w64-x86_64-toolchain \
                   git flex\
                   mingw-w64-x86_64-cmake

git clone http://git.veripool.org/git/verilator
unset VERILATOR_ROOT
cd verilator
git pull
git checkout verilator_3_916
autoconf
./configure
export CPLUS_INCLUDE_PATH=/usr/include:$CPLUS_INCLUDE_PATH
export PATH=/usr/bin/core_perl:$PATH
cp /usr/include/FlexLexer.h ./src

make -j$(nproc)
make install
echo "DONE"
# Add C:\msys64\usr\bin;C:\msys64\mingw64\bin to your Windows PATH

Important

Be sure that your PATH environnement variable is pointing to the JDK 1.8 and doesn’t contain a JRE installation.

Important

Adding the MSYS2 bin folders into your windows PATH could potentialy have some side effects. This is why it is safer to add them as the last elements of the PATH to reduce their priority.