Install / Update Intel Graphics Driver From Official Repository

August 10, 2013 — 17 Comments

As you may know, Intel has released intel driver update utility for Linux and it’s available for Ubuntu 13.04, Ubuntu 12.04, Ubuntu 12.10 and Linux Mint from Intel Repository.

intel driver update utility

To add Intel Repository to Ubuntu, press Ctrl+Alt+T to open terminal. When it opens, run below commands:

  • For Ubuntu 12.04 Precise and Linux Mint 13 Maya:
    sudo sh -c 'echo "deb Ubuntu 12.04" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/intel-graphics.list'
  • For Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal and Linux Mint 14 Nadia:
    sudo sh -c 'echo "deb Ubuntu 12.10" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/intel-graphics.list'
  • For Ubuntu 13.04 Raring and Linux Mint 15 Olivia:
    sudo sh -c 'echo "deb Ubuntu 13.04" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/intel-graphics.list'
  • Then download and install the GPG key via 2 commands:

    wget -O - | sudo apt-key add -
    wget -O - | sudo apt-key add -

    Finally, install Intel Graphics Driver update utility via below command. Or update it to the latest via your favorite package manager.

    sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install intel-linux-graphics-installer

    intel driver update utility unity

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    17 responses to Install / Update Intel Graphics Driver From Official Repository

    1. copy n’ paste exactly what you say, but:

      E: Unable to locate package intel-linux-graphics-installer

      I’d better go to
      anw, thx guy.

    2. All went well (installation instructions for Raring/Olivia) until I ran the Intel utility: “distribution not supported”. I’m on Mint 15/Olivia, which should be supported. Any ideas?

      Many thanks & regards.

      • Here’s a fix for Linux Mint 15:

        1.) Make a backup of /etc/lsb-release file by:

        sudo cp /etc/lsb-release /etc/lsb-release.bak

        2.) Then edit the file:

        sudo gedit /etc/lsb-release

        Replace the content with below lines:

        DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION=”Linux Mint 15 Olivia”

        3.) Now you’re able to start the intel utility, follow it and wait for it to ask you to reboot.

        4.) Remove the /etc/lsb-release by:

        sudo rm /etc/lsb-release

        Finally restore the file via the backup file in step 1.):

        sudo mv /etc/lsb-release.bak /etc/lsb-release


    3. Tried it on my Raring (13.04) install (same machine) and all went fine…

    4. thanks mate, worked perfect (linux mint 15 mate)

    5. Awsome….works great.

      Would someone be able to help me with OpenGl on this driver. I am using VMware and it still tells me “As a result, this virtual machine may experience very low graphics performance. Follow the instructions provided by your graphics card vendor or Linux distribution in order to update your computer’s OpenGL drivers.”
      “The 3D features of the virtual machine will be disabled.”

      Any help would be greatly appreciated.

      Thank you

    6. I tryed for Ubuntu presice (12.04) without success, and other ideas how to get latest drivers, as release upgrade is out of questions

    7. Hi, i can install pacages but, when program starts, it says: “Distribution not supported”, i hope someone help me.. my Linux is Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. I Would thank you so much

    8. I could not install in Linux Mint 16 because – libpackagekit-glib2-14 but it is not installable
      How can I fix this problem?

    9. Hi,
      Everything went fine till I ran the Intel utility.It says “Distribution not supported”.
      My lsb-realease file looks like this
      DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION=”Ubuntu 12.04.3 LTS”

      New to ubuntu,kindly help


    10. On Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon I had actually to use “13.10″ and “saucy”, then it worked well. Thanks!

    11. I copied and pasted everything for Linux 12.04 and when I opened the application it says “distro not supported”

    12. Hi guys for Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon:
      DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION=”Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon”

    13. no longer supports Ubuntu 14.04. Mint does not yet support anything later. Unless someone’s got a copy of the old .deb files somewhere(?), it looks like I’m stuck with 1 frame per second video playback for the foreseeable future.

      Do the old .deb files even work? IS there some reason why dropped support for Ubuntu 14.04?

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