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How to install CUDA from Ubuntu repositories

📅 2014-May-29 ⬩ ✍️ Ashwin Nanjappa ⬩ 🏷️ cuda, driver, nvidia, ubuntu ⬩ 📚 Archive

The Ubuntu repositories now host CUDA packages. These may not be latest and greatest, but I find them to work well with the NVIDIA drivers from the same place. Also, they are very easy to install compared to the packages from the NVIDIA website.

$ sudo apt install nvidia-331

The installation process compiles the driver for your particular Linux kernel and deploys that module. Restart the computer once the install is done.

You must be able to see a NVIDIA module when you list the kernel modules. For example, on my computer:

$ dkms status
nvidia-331, 331.38, 3.13.0-24-generic, x86_64: installed
$ sudo apt install nvidia-cuda-toolkit

That is it, enjoy your CUDA programming! :)

Tried with: Linux kernel 3.13.0-24-generic, CUDA 5.5, NVIDIA driver 331, NVIDIA GTX Titan and Ubuntu 14.04