There are many Linux users who still can’t figure out exactly how to install the latest NVIDIA GPU drivers on Linux as the company doesn’t make installation so easy. At TechKhiladi we have created an ad hoc guide to explain just how to proceed depending on the distribution in your possession.
How to install latest NVIDIA GPU drivers on Ubuntu
All Ubuntu owners can easily get the latest NVIDIA GPU drivers by enabling a PPA. So, open the terminal and run the command
sudo add-apt-repository ppa: graphics-drivers / ppa.
After correctly adding the new PPA to the system, you need to update the Ubuntu software sources to make the changes effective through the
sudo apt update command . Once the software sources have been updated correctly, it is also necessary to update the Ubuntu PC by running the command
sudo apt upgrade -y.
Once updated all, you can install the latest drivers for NVIDIA GPUs using the command
sudo apt install nvidia-graphics-drivers-390 nvidia-settings vdpauinfo vulkan libvdpau.
Keep in mind that the latest version of the NVIDIA drivers for Linux, at the time of publication of this guide, is 390. However, we recommend that you take the Unix Driver page on the NVIDIA website where you find the latest releases released as a reference.
How to install the latest NVIDIA GPU drivers on Debian
Debian Stable does not offer the latest version of NVIDIA drivers due to its nature. However, if you want to install the latest drivers available, you must first convert Debian Stable to Unstable .
To do this, open the sources.list file using the Nano text editor using the
sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list command. After that, convert any reference to stable, wheezy and other version names Debian in unstable. Finish the operation by saving the file via Ctrl + O and updating the distribution using the
sudo apt-get update and
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade commands. Once the upgrade is complete, install aptitude to make it easy to install the drivers. Use the command
sudo apt install aptitude.
Now, we need to add the 32-bit architecture so that the NVIDIA drivers are installed correctly, using the
sudo dpkg –add-architecture i386 command. Finally, install the latest NVIDIA drivers for Debian Unstable with
sudo aptitude -r install nvidia-kernel-dkms nvidia-settings libgl1-nvidia-glx: i386.
How to install latest NVIDIA GPU drivers on Arch Linux
To get the latest drivers for your NVIDIA GPU on Arch Linux, you first need to run the
sudo pacman -S nvidia command and then type
sudo pacman -S nvidia nvidia-libgl lib32-nvidia-libgl nvidia-settings to get the latest packages related to 32 bits (important for playing Steam games).
Finally, to use NVIDIA drivers on Arch Linux you need to enable the systemd service to avoid incurring some errors. Use the command
sudo systemctl enable nvidia-persistenced.service and then run it with
sudo systemctl start nvidia-persistenced.service.
How to install latest NVIDIA GPU drivers on Fedora
There are several ways to install NVIDIA GPU drivers on Fedora, but we suggest you follow the simplest method of using DNF.
So, use the
sudo dnf update command to update all the packages on the system. Since Fedora does not support proprietary Linux drivers, at the end of the update it will be necessary to add a new software repository using the command
sudo dnf config-manager –add-repo=https://negativo17.org/repos/fedora-nvidia.repo.
Once this is done, close the terminal, open the Gnome software, search for Nvidia Linux Graphics Driver and proceed with the installation. When finished, restart your computer.
How to install latest NVIDIA GPU drivers on OpenSUSE
OpenSUSE has excellent support for NVIDIA. If you have the Leap version, first you need to remove the drm-kmp-default packages as they would conflict with those of NVIDIA. To do this, use the command
sudo zypper rm drm-kmp-default.
At this point, add the NVIDIA driver repository for Leap 42.3 through the
sudo zypper addrepo –refresh command http://http.download.nvidia.com/opensuse/leap/42.3 NVIDIA. In conclusion, install the driver with
sudo zypper install-new-recommends and at the end restart the computer.
If, instead, you use the Tumbleweed version, you need to use the following commands:
sudo zypper addrepo –refresh http://http.download.nvidia.com/opensuse/tumbleweed NVIDIA sudo zypper install-new-recommends
Just as seen on Leap, restart the computer after installation.
How to install latest NVIDIA GPU drivers on other Linux distributions
NVIDIA supports many other Linux distributions as it provides a binary package for all other distros. In this case, we advise you to take the guide attached below where you will find all the steps to follow.
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