Since I can't seem to open the Additional Drivers program? And how do I know what driver I need to install?


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For 14.04 and above

sudo ubuntu-drivers list

Will show all the driver packages which apply to your current system. You can then

sudo ubuntu-drivers install      # on modern Ubuntu, or
sudo ubuntu-drivers autoinstall  # on older versions.

to install all the packages you need, or you can do:

sudo ubuntu-drivers devices

to show you which devices need drivers, and their corresponding package names.

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    But how do you install a specific driver? Assume that sudo ubuntu-drivers list outputs fglrx and fglrx-updates. How do you install fglrx-updates?
    – landroni
    May 23, 2014 at 23:01
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    @landroni You use sudo ubuntu-drivers devices to get the list of packages, and then sudo apt-get install to install that specific package you want.
    – jmiserez
    Sep 4, 2014 at 14:49
  • sudo ubuntu-drivers autoinstall is deprecated so you have to sudo apt install the package corresponding to the driver you want, and then probably restart your computer Apr 26, 2021 at 8:45
  • @alainsanguinetti ish... the --help suggests that you can just use sudo ubuntu-drivers install (not specify which driver) and that has the same behaviour as the old autoinstall.
    – Oli
    Apr 26, 2021 at 11:32

For 12.04 and below

The additional drivers program has a command line interface, jockey-text:


jockey-text --list

to get a list of available drivers and their status, then use

# the init lines are required only for graphics drivers
sudo init 1
jockey-text --enable=DRIVER
sudo init 2

where DRIVER is the one you got from the list. For example:

jockey-text --enable=firmware:b43

To install the Broadcom B43 wireless driver.

For your graphics card, you will get a choice of the proprietary driver from the manufacturer and a free alternative. You have to either restart the display server (log out and back in) or restart the system entirely (recommended).


For 12.04 and below

The internal name of the "additional drivers" program is jockey-gtk. There's a console version with the same functionality called jockey-text in the eponymous package. It should be installed by default.

You should be able to use

jockey-text -l

to list the available drivers and something like

jockey-text -e xorg:nvidia-185

to install one of the options listed. You should select the most appropriate driver listed.


If you have a Nvidia graphics card:

You need to run

sudo apt-get install nvidia-current
sudo nvidia-xconfig

Then reboot:

sudo reboot

and you should have a working system.


After install nvidia driver you can regenerate xorg config for your nvidia adapter:

sudo nvidia-xconfig

Also, you can download the driver from www.nvidia.com and install it manually:

sudo sh ./downloads/NVIDIA-Linux-x86-xxx.xx.xx.run

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