How to Install Latest Nvidia Drivers on Ubuntu

With the recent advancements in Linux desktop distributions, gaming on Linux is coming to life. Linux users are beginning to enjoy gaming like Windows or Mac OSX users, with amazing performance.

Nvidia makes top-rated gaming graphics cards. However, for a long time, updating Nvidia drivers on Linux desktops was not so easy. Luckily, now the Proprietary GPU Drivers PPA packages updated nvidia-graphics-drivers for Ubuntu ready for installation.

Although this PPA is currently in testing, you can get fresh drivers from upstream, currently shipping Nvidia from it. If you are using Nvidia graphics card, this article will show you how to install the latest Nvidia drivers on Ubuntu and its derivatives such as Linux Mint.

How to Install Nvidia Drivers in Ubuntu

First start by adding the Proprietary GPU Drivers PPA to your system package sources and update your system package cache using apt command.

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:graphics-drivers/ppa
$ sudo apt update

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Then install the latest stable nvidia graphics (which is nvidia-387 at the time of writing this article) using the following command.

$ sudo apt install nvidia-387

Alternatively, open Software & Updates under System Settings and go to Additional Drivers tab, select the required driver version and click “Apply Changes”.

Next, reboot your computer for the new driver to start working. Then use the lsmod command to check your installation status with the following command.

It will list all currently loaded kernel modules in Linux, then filter only nvidia using grep command.

$ lsmod | grep nvidia 

Some times updates do not work well as expected. If you face any issues with the latest drivers installation such as black screen on startup, you can remove it as follows.

$ sudo apt-get purge nvidia*

If you want to completely remove graphics-drivers PPA as well, run the following command to remove PPA.

$ sudo apt-add-repository --remove ppa:graphics-drivers/ppa

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