How can I find out list of all device drivers installed in my ubuntu. I need list of device drivers not kernel drivers.

  • Have you tried running Synaptic? It lists all software installed. It should be installed by default, but if not, you can find it in the software-center. Commented Oct 23, 2015 at 13:51
  • It listed everything installed on ubuntu. I want on device drivers. Could I get that from Synaptic ?
    – tarun14110
    Commented Oct 23, 2015 at 13:57
  • yes. Synaptic lists everything - kernels, programs, drivers, etc. Commented Oct 23, 2015 at 15:13

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Device drivers in Linux (and Ubuntu) are called "kernel modules". In fact, they are more than "device drivers" as they can provide functionality beyond serving the real hardware like creating virtual devices or providing new functionality for the kernel.

Use lsmod or cat /proc/modules commands to see the list of modules loaded into the kernel. To see all modules stored on the disk (not necessarily loaded), run:

ls -R /lib/modules/$(uname -r)/kernel/

All above concerns modules loaded from the disk. The Linux kernel also has built-in (or statically compiled) modules that aren't shown by the above commands. This is especially valid for embedded systems that are usually optimized by storage. You can list built-in modules using:

cat /lib/modules/$(uname -r)/modules.builtin

This command assumes your distro is providing modules.builtin file.

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