How to Install Mesa 19.0.8 in Ubuntu 18.04 / 19.04

July 18, 2019

Mesa 3D graphics library 19.0.8 now is available to install in Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 19.04 via PPA repository.

For those sticking to the open-source RadeonSI / RADV / Intel / Nouveau drivers, Mesa 19.0.8 is the latest bug-fix release for 19.0 series which fixes a critical bug found in the 19.0.7 release.

Canonical’s Timo Aaltonen has made Mesa 19.0.8 package into “Ubuntu-X” team PPA for Ubuntu 18.04 and Ubuntu 19.04.

To get better open-source graphics driver performance, you may install Mesa 19.0.8 via following steps:

1. Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T keyboard shortcut or from software launcher. When it opens, run command:

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

Type user password (no asterisk feedback) when it prompts and hit Enter to continue.

2. After adding the PPA, do system update via command:

sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

apt-get update is not required any more in Ubuntu 18.04 since adding PPA automatically refreshes system package cache.

3. Finally check your driver version via command:

glxinfo | grep "OpenGL version"

Uninstall:

To restore changes and downgrade to the default drives shipped in Ubuntu 18.04, run command:

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

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3 responses to How to Install Mesa 19.0.8 in Ubuntu 18.04 / 19.04

  1. Michael Coyle July 19, 2019 at 1:28 pm

    Thanks! I updated and saw quite an increase in gtkperf number from version 19.0.2 to 19.0.8.

  2. Unfortunately it still shows opengl version 3.1 . I need at least 3.2 for OpenBroadcast Studio to run. This is the info I’m getting from the glx gears command that it’s still at opengl version 3.1

  3. Greetings!
    I get an error on a Radeon 7750 (Cape Verde) GPU.
    I have tried the proposed changes for Ubuntu 18.04 . Preoblem remains. Description in https://einsteinathome.org/content/issues-ubuntu-and-amd-southern-island-cards#comment-175464

    Please help.