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FLEXLOADER(1) General Commands Manual FLEXLOADER(1)


flexloader - GPL utility to configure SRAM based ALTERA devices via the ALTERA ByteBlaster


flexloader [options] [parport_dev] [rbf_filename]


flexloader is a small utility to configure SRAM based ALTERA devices. It downloads a code to the device SRAM using the ALTERA ByteBlaster or compatible JTAG programmer. It dialogs with it through the parallel interface, using parport. Note that you should have access rights to the parallel port.

It should support APEX20K, FLEX10K, FLEX6000 and ACEX1K families, though I only tested it on a FLEX10K10 device.

It currently only support files in raw binary format (.rbf), but others format such as HEX or TTF may be implemented later.


Print debug messages.
Quiet mode, don't print any message, useful when called from scripts.
Returns the program version.
Print help screen


Aurelien Jarno <>.


Copyright (C) 2005 Aurelien Jarno

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 675 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA.

January 9, 2005