DS-5 Altera Edition

Getting Started

The DS-5 Altera Edition enables FPGA-adaptive debugging on Altera SoC devices. (what’s in the package?). Designed for both firmware and application software developers, the DS-5 Altera Edition can be used over the Altera USB-Blaster II, the Arm DSTREAM, or Ethernet connection. This toolkit is available for purchase from Altera as part of the SoC EDS.

Follow these three simple steps to get up and running:

1. Download and Install

Download the Altera SoC EDS Standard Edition from the Altera website.

After downloading Altera SoC EDS from, run Setup.exe, then follow the simple on-screen installation instructions.

Note During installation you will be prompted to install device drivers and may receive warnings such as "Windows can't verify the publisher of this driver software"; you can safely ignore these warnings and continue with installation.

After downloading Altera SoC EDS from, run, then follow the simple on-screen installation instructions.

It is recommended you delete any previous release of DS-5 before installing a new release; the installer guides you through this process. Alternatively, you can install it into a different directory.

Note The installer includes device drivers that require you to run with root privileges.

Altera SoC EDS Standard Edition Downloads

Altera SoC EDS for Windows or Linux can be downloaded from

 System Requirements

2. License DS-5 Altera Edition

Open up the license manager. If this is your first time using the product, then a popup dialog will ask you if you wish to open license manager, otherwise it can be opened from the Help menu.

Select the Add button to add a new license. This will open the add license wizard.

Select the option Enter a serial number or activation code to obtain a license and enter the serial number that came with your Altera device.

Click Next and follow the instructions in the dialog. Click Finish when done, which will close the dialog and show the new license in the license manager. The license manager can now be closed as the product is ready to use.

Activation Code

Use the Arm license serial number that came with your Altera device.

3. Start using DS-5

Now you are ready to get a debug session up and running with your Starter Kit.