How to Install MESA 17.3.3 in Ubuntu 16.04, 17.10

January 27, 2018

The latest MESA 3D graphics library 17.3.3 now is available in Ubuntu-X team PPA repository for Ubuntu 16.04 and Ubuntu 17.10.

MESA 17.3.3 is a bug-fix release announced a week ago. It fixed:

  • Dota crashes when switching from game to desktop
  • Compute Shader: Wrong alignment when assigning struct value to structured SSBO
  • Check if Mako templates for Python are installed

For more details, see the release note.

How to Install Mesa 17.3.3 in Ubuntu 16.04, 17.10 via PPA:

1. Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T keyboard shortcuts or by searching for “terminal” from application launcher. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-x-swat/updates

Input your password (no visual feedback while typing) when it prompts and hit Enter.

Mesa ppa

2. Then refresh your system and install upgrades via commands:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

3. To check result, run command:

glxinfo | grep "OpenGL version"

How to Restore:

To revert back to the original Mesa 3D graphics library in Ubuntu, get into command console and run command:

sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:ubuntu-x-swat/updates

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2 responses to How to Install MESA 17.3.3 in Ubuntu 16.04, 17.10

  1. This “sudo apt-get install dist-upgrade” doesn’t make any sense. You are telling it to install a dist-upgrade package. I think you mean “sudo apt dist-upgrade”

  2. Thanks! this post saved me!