DS-5 Community Edition

Getting Started

The DS-5 Community Edition is part of Altera SoC EDS Lite Edition. It allows free Linux application development and debugging over an Ethernet connection. The DS-5 Community Edition packages Arm DS-5’s code editor, Linux native application debugger and system performance analyzer. Created and maintained by Arm, DS-5 Community Edition is free for all users (what’s in the package?)

Follow these three simple steps to get up and running:

1. Download and Install

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

After downloading Altera SoC EDS from Altera.com, 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 Altera.com, run Setup.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
Lite Edition Downloads


Altera SoC EDS for Windows or Linux can be downloaded from Altera.com.

System Requirements

2. License with Activation Code

Start Arm Development Studio 5 and open the license manager. If this is your first time using Development Studio, then a popup dialog will automatically ask you if you wish to open the license manager, otherwise it can be opened from the "Help" menu.

Choose "Add License...", and enter your Activation Code displayed on this page to obtain a license.

Work through the wizard to select the Host ID to lock your license to, and enter or create your Arm account details.

Once complete, the license manager can be closed as the product is ready to use.

Activation Code

Use this activation code to license the DS-5 Altera Community Edition:

3. Start using DS-5

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