[Update] I'm able to install the 375 drivers fine using

sudo apt-get install nvidia-375

but the issue below still persists with 381.[/Update]

So last night I decided to update my nvidia drivers to 381 following some steps I found online. Here are the steps I followed:

sudo apt-get purge nvidia*
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:graphics-drivers
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nvidia-381

Whenever I get to "sudo apt-get install nvidia-381" command I receive "Unable to locate package nvidia-381"

I've searched everywhere and can't find a solution this. Any ideas?

Here is my output:

tyler@tyler-ubuntu:~$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:graphics-drivers/ppa
 Fresh drivers from upstream, currently shipping Nvidia.

## Current Status

Current official release: `nvidia-381` (381.22)
Current long-lived branch release: `nvidia-375` (375.66)

For G8x, G9x and GT2xx GPUs use `nvidia-340` (340.102)
For NV4x and G7x GPUs use `nvidia-304` (304.135)

Support timeframes for Unix legacy GPU releases:

## What we're working on right now:

- Normal driver updates
- Help Wanted: Mesa Updates for Intel/AMD users, ping us if you want to help do this work, we're shorthanded.


This PPA is currently in testing, you should be experienced with packaging before you dive in here:

Volunteers welcome! See also: https://github.com/mamarley/nvidia-graphics-drivers/

### How you can help:

## Install PTS and benchmark your gear:

    sudo apt-get install phoronix-test-suite

Run the benchmark:

    phoronix-test-suite default-benchmark openarena xonotic tesseract gputest unigine-valley

and then say yes when it asks you to submit your results to openbechmarking.org. Then grab a cup of coffee, it takes a bit for the benchmarks to run. Depending on the version of Ubuntu you're using it might preferable for you to grabs PTS from upstream directly: http://www.phoronix-test-suite.com/?k=downloads

## Share your results with the community:

Post a link to your results (or any other feedback to): https://launchpad.net/~graphics-drivers-testers

Remember to rerun and resubmit the benchmarks after driver upgrades, this will allow us to gather a bunch of data on performance that we can share with everybody.

If you run into old documentation referring to other PPAs, you can help us by consolidating references to this PPA.

If someone wants to go ahead and start prototyping on `software-properties-gtk` on what the GUI should look like, please start hacking!

## Help us Help You!

We use the donation funds to get the developers hardware to test and upload these drivers, please consider donating to the "community" slider on the donation page if you're loving this PPA:

 More info: https://launchpad.net/~graphics-drivers/+archive/ubuntu/ppa
Press [ENTER] to continue or ctrl-c to cancel adding it

gpg: keybox '/tmp/tmpf35j9cfi/pubring.gpg' created
gpg: /tmp/tmpf35j9cfi/trustdb.gpg: trustdb created
gpg: key FCAE110B1118213C: public key "Launchpad PPA for Graphics Drivers Team" imported
gpg: Total number processed: 1
gpg:               imported: 1
tyler@tyler-ubuntu:~$ sudo apt-get update
Hit:1 http://repo.steampowered.com/steam precise InRelease
Ign:2 http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb stable InRelease                   
Hit:3 http://packages.microsoft.com/repos/vscode stable InRelease              
Hit:4 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu zesty InRelease                      
Hit:5 http://ppa.launchpad.net/graphics-drivers/ppa/ubuntu zesty InRelease     
Hit:6 http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb stable Release                     
Get:7 http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu zesty-security InRelease [89.2 kB]     
Hit:8 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu zesty-updates InRelease              
Get:9 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu zesty-backports InRelease [89.2 kB]  
Hit:10 http://ppa.launchpad.net/noobslab/macbuntu/ubuntu zesty InRelease       
Hit:11 http://ppa.launchpad.net/xorg-edgers/ppa/ubuntu zesty InRelease         
Fetched 178 kB in 0s (204 kB/s)                                                
Reading package lists... Done
tyler@tyler-ubuntu:~$ sudo apt-get install nvidia-381
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
E: Unable to locate package nvidia-381

Additional outputs:

tyler@tyler-ubuntu:~$ cat /etc/lsb-release
tyler@tyler-ubuntu:~$ apt-cache policy nvidia-381
N: Unable to locate package nvidia-381
  • Remove the xorg edgers ppa, it could conflict? Just a guess
    – Mark Kirby
    Aug 29, 2017 at 19:01
  • @MarkKirby I don't think they conflict. Anyway the package should be found.
    – Pilot6
    Aug 29, 2017 at 19:04
  • What about other packages? Can you install anything else?
    – Pilot6
    Aug 29, 2017 at 20:33
  • Yes, I just installed kdenlive to test and it installed fine. Aug 29, 2017 at 20:45

6 Answers 6


Because this is a top listed return search on Google on the subject, I wanted to post this because it seems things have changed.

This won't work for me after a fresh Ubuntu Desktop 18.0.4 install:

sudo apt install nvidia-396

This will:

sudo apt install nvidia-driver-396

No idea why the syntax changed. Makes for a lot of information on installing Nvidia drivers on the web confusing. So much wasted time!

  • 3
    This is what finally worked for me after hours of trying to follow conflicting, incorrect, or incomplete information on other pages (I used 410, not 396). Nov 12, 2018 at 19:10
  • 1
    This is what I got now.. Unable to locate package nvidia-driver-396
    – zwep
    Dec 17, 2018 at 17:16
  • @zwep You may have already fixed this, but if not, try sudo apt install nvidia-396 instead of sudo apt install nvidia-driver-396.
    – dearN
    Jan 9, 2019 at 13:35
  • 3
    This worked for me with nvidia-driver-418. Mar 29, 2019 at 5:56

The second command is wrong. It should be:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:graphics-drivers/ppa
  • 1
    I'm still receiving "Unable to location package nvidia-381" after making this change. Aug 29, 2017 at 18:53
  • Do you read what the terminal outputs? Are there any error messages? I suggest posting the output of the 2nd and 3rd command TO YOUR QUESTION.
    – Pilot6
    Aug 29, 2017 at 18:55
  • No error message from what I can see. I've added the output to the original post. Aug 29, 2017 at 19:00
  • 1
    doesn't work. I'm still getting the error.
    – aerin
    Jan 18, 2018 at 0:28
  • Worked out for me on 18.04. Thanks Pilot!
    – Doğuş
    Oct 28, 2020 at 13:09

Problem solved.

When verifying my PPA's in Software & Updates > Other Software I noticed that the graphics-drivers PPA was listed SEVERAL times in the PPA list. I removed all of the PPA's related to graphics-drivers and started the install over from scratch and it finally located and installed the nvidia-381 drivers.

I'm not sure why the repository was listed so many times but none-the-less after removing and going through the install again it finally worked.

  • thanks , had same problem [also do not know why had many similar reps...]
    – S12000
    Jul 10, 2019 at 21:36

sudo apt install nvidia-396

For GeForce 8 and 9 series GPUs use nvidia-340

For GeForce 6 and 7 series GPUs use nvidia-304


The generic problem is that your current version of ubuntu doesn't have the driver you are looking for in its apt package manager (or the driver is named something different from what you expect).

To see the which drivers are available for your ubuntu version in the apt repository, go to packages.ubuntu.com and search for 'nvidia'. Then select your ubuntu version (xenial, bionic, focal, etc.), and it will show you which drivers are available for installation through apt.

If the nvidia-driver version that you want isn't there, then you can take your chances with installing the driver from the .run file provided on the nvidia website, but if your ubuntu version is too old compared to the nvidia-driver, you might run into issues.


If you look at the ppa, the package is called "nvidia-graphics-drivers-381"


sudo apt-get install nvidia-graphics-drivers-381
  • 1
    nvidia-381 is there if you look more careful. I checked and it installs for me.
    – Pilot6
    Aug 29, 2017 at 19:12
  • @Pilot6 linky ?
    – Panther
    Aug 29, 2017 at 20:22
  • And there is no nvidia-graphics-drivers-381 deb. So the command is wrong. Downvote.
    – Pilot6
    Aug 29, 2017 at 20:25
  • Look into the package details and you will see. It is a bit confusing.
    – Pilot6
    Aug 29, 2017 at 20:33

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