Install IDE

Edit on 2022.08.16

We need Gowin IDE to use Gowin chips, and the documents about the ide can be found here:click me

  • Download and install the corresponding edition of the IDE according to your OS
  • For linux users we suggested using Openfpgaloader to burn fpga, which maybe a good choice. Visit the end of this page burn-in-linux for more details.

Install the IDE

Download IDE


Because of the IDE updating, the screenshot is created on 2022.08.17

The IDE is divided into General Edition and Education Edition:

General Edition IDE requires license, which you should apply from GOWIN.

Education Edition IDE is free to use, but supports fewer device and contains less IP core.

The following figure shows part number supported in the latest Education Edition IDE


In this sheet:

  • GW2A-LV18PG256C8/I7 GW2A-18C is the chip on Primer 20K
  • GW1NR-LV9QN88PC6/I5 GW1NR-9C is the chip on Nano 9K
  • GW1NSR-LV4CQN48PC6/I5 GW1NSR-4C is the chip on Nano 4K

Start to install

Linux OS

For linux OS, download the IDE and extract it, the executable file gw.ide is in the /programmer/bin/ ,execut it in command line to run GOWIN IDE.

Windows OS

Download the software and install it. This is not a difficult work.

Make sure you have installed all components.

install-ide install-programmer

In the second picture, Gowin is the IDE which we will use to generate bitstream file, and the Gowin programmer is what we use to burn fpga. But the programmer installed with IDE does not match the USB-Jtag we provide, so we recommand you use this programmer to avoid situations such as failing downloading bitstream file.

After finishing installing IDE, there are 2 drivers to be installed.


After installing all, there is an IDE icon is like this shown on your desktop.


Use the IDE

About the license

Educational edition IDE does not require license.
General edition IDE require the license, which you should apply from Gowin official website, visit for more information, and there will be a software choice between GOWIN EDA and GOWIN GMD, the GOWIN EDA is what we use to program FPGA and the GOWIN GMD is what we use to program the hardcore or softcore in FPGA, so you should choose GOWIN EDA in the software choice to get your license to run GOWIN IDE.

Verify license

When run GOWIN IDE, a license manager message box will appear, click Broswer and select your license file, Check and Save.

Broswer lic Check lic

Then we can start to use GOWIN IDE.


Because the Programmer application installed with IDE may bot match with the USB-JTAG we provide when burning fpga, so for Windows users it's commanded that using this Programmer to burn FPGA.

For linux users, go to the end of this page to see burn-in-linux if you have trouble openning Gowin programmer.


It may take a time to receive license. During this time we can read GOWIN official documents, which can easily be found after installing IDE.

There are three contents in the IDE installation path : IDE folder, Programmer folder, uninst.exe


IDE folder:Here I suggest you view the doc folder, many GOWIN official documents are set in it like showing below.


Programmer folder: There are also many documents


We suggest you delete the Programmer folder installed with IDE and use this version Click me,which can reduse many troubles

uninst.exe:remove IDE

Burn in linux

Here is a way to burn the development board in linux click me