Verilator_coverage processes Verilated model-generated coverage reports.

With –annotate, it reads the specified coverage data file and generates annotated source code with coverage metrics annotated. If multiple coverage points exist on the same source code line, additional lines will be inserted to report the additional points.

Additional Verilog-XL-style standard arguments specify the search paths necessary to find the source code that the coverage analysis was performed on.

To filter those items to be included in coverage, you may read logs/coverage.dat into an editor and do a M-x keep-lines to include only those statistics of interest and save to a new .dat file.

For Verilog conditions that should never occur, either add a $stop statement to the appropriate statement block, or see /*verilator coverage_off*/. This will remove the coverage points after the model is re-Verilated.

For an overview of use of verilator_coverage, see Coverage Analysis.

verilator_coverage Example Usage

verilator_coverage –help verilator_coverage –version

verilator_coverage –annotate <obj>

verilator_coverage -write merged.dat -read <datafiles>…

verilator_coverage -write-info -read <datafiles>…

verilator_coverage Arguments


Specifies the input coverage data file. Multiple filenames may be provided to read multiple inputs. If no data file is specified, by default “coverage.dat” will be read.

--annotate <output_directory>

Specifies the directory name that source files with annotated coverage data should be written to.


Specifies all files should be shown. By default, only those source files which have low coverage are written to the output directory.

--annotate-min <count>

Specifies if the coverage point does not include the count number of coverage hits, then the coverage point will be considered above the threashold, and the coverage report will put a “%” to indicate the coverage is not sufficient. Defaults to 10.


Displays a help summary, the program version, and exits.


Prints an experimental report listing the relative importance of each test in covering all of the coverage points. The report shows “Covered” which indicates the number of points that test covers; a test is considered to cover a point if it has a bucket count of at least 1. The “rank” column has a higher number t indicate the test is more important, and rank 0 means the test does not need to be run to cover the points. “RankPts” indicates the number of coverage points this test will contribute to overall coverage if all tests are run in the order of highest to lowest rank.

With --write, unlink all input files after the output has been successfully created.


Displays program version and exits.

--write <filename>

Specifies the aggregate coverage results, summed across all the files, should be written to the given filename in verilator_coverage data format. This is useful for use in scripts to combine many coverage data files (likely generated from random test runs) into one master coverage file.

--write-info <>

Specifies the aggregate coverage results, summed across all the files, should be written to the given filename in lcov .info format. This may be used to feed into lcov to aggregate or generate reports.

The info format loses data compared to the Verilator coverage data format; the info will all forms of coverage converted to line style coverage, and if there are multiple coverage points on a single line, the minimum coverage across those points will be used to report coverage of the line.