Project IceStorm – Notes for Installing on OSX

The toolchain should be easy to install on OSX platforms. Below are a few troubleshooting items found on Mountain Lion (10.8.2).

See for a set of shell scripts to build IceStorm on OSX (using brew for dependencies).

Installing FTDI Library

The libftdi package (.so lib binary and the ftdi.h header) has been renamed to libftdi0, so either do:

iceprog make error on "ftdi.h not found"

Note that Mac Ports installs to /opt instead of /usr, so change the first two lines in iceprog/Makefile to:

LDLIBS = -L/usr/local/lib -L/opt/local/lib -lftdi -lm
CFLAGS = -MD -O0 -ggdb -Wall -std=c99 -I/usr/local/include -I/opt/local/include/

Basically you are indicating where to find the lib with -L/opt/local/lib and where to find the .h with -I/opt/local/include/.

yosys make error on "<tuple> not found"

This is a compiler issue, i.e., you are probably running on clang and you can circumvent this error by compiling against another compiler. Edit the Makefile of yosys and replace the two first lines for this, i.e., comment the first line (clang) and uncomment the second (gcc):

#CONFIG := clang
CONFIG := gcc

error "Can't find iCE FTDI USB device (vendor_id 0x0403, device_id 0x6010)." while uploading code to FPGA (e.g., "iceprog example.bin")

You need to unload the FTDI driver (notes below are from Mountain Lion, 10.8.2). First check if it is running:

kextstat | grep FTDIUSBSerialDriver

If you see it on the kextstat, we need to unload it:

sudo kextunload -b com.FTDI.driver.FTDIUSBSerialDriver

Repeat the kextstat command and check that the driver was successfully unloaded.

Try running iceprog example.bin again. It should be working now.

Note: On newer OSes perhaps you need to also kextunload the driver.