DVT IDE for VS Code VHDL User Guide
Rev. 24.1.12, 12 June 2024

17.1.6 Design Diagram Filters

Note: Filters only apply to Schematic and Flow diagrams.

You can customize the diagram using the Filters button from the toolbar.

Use the drop-down menu at the top of the dialog to select from available filters.

Use the buttons in the top-right corner of the dialog to create, duplicate, or delete the current filter.

Use the checkboxes at the bottom of the dialog to further clean up the diagram.

A filter is defined using filter rules (one per line). The general form of a filter rule is:

command element_kinds matching regex [ using color_name_or_code]

  • command is one of hide, show, or color

  • element_kinds is a comma-separated list of kinds. The available kinds are instances, types, ports, port types and transaction types

  • regex is a regular expression that matches the relevant diagram element labels

  • color_name_or_code is a color specified by name, 6- or 3-digit hexadecimal code, comma-separated decimal RGB code or the keyword random. This is relevant only for color rules.

To apply a filter rule only to elements under a specific instance, you must provide the relevant path in the regex section of the rule:

  • a path must always begin with the name of the top instance in the diagram (if instance is under top_instance, then top_instance/instance/... is valid, while instance/... is not)

  • a path consists only of names of instances and " /"

  • each level is separated from the previous using " /'''" (valid: '''top_instance/inst1/inst2/...; not valid: top_instance.inst1.inst2...)

  • regular expressions may be used in the path section of a rule (for example, top_instance/.*/some_instance)

  • if the regex contains " /' ", everything before the last "/" is the ''path, the rest is used to match the relevant diagram elements (in the following example, the bolded text is the path: '''top_instance/.*/inst1/ .*drv.*)

  • if the regex does not contain " /", it applies to all elements of the appropriate element_kinds

TIP: You can hide the hierarchy under an instance with the filter "hide instances matching path/to/instance/.*".