MESA 17.2.2 Is Now Available for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Last updated: October 17, 2017

The latest release of Mesa graphics library 17.2.2 is now available for users of Ubuntu 16.04 to install via PPA.

Mesa 17.2.2 is a bug-fix release for the 17.2 series. It was released two weeks ago and finally available in the “Ubuntu-X” team PPA for Ubuntu 16.04.

Mesa 17.2 contains many RADV/ANV Vulkan driver improvements, Vulkan and OpenGL performance improvements, more work towards OpenGL 4.6 compliance, and a wealth of other open-source driver improvements.

How to Install Mesa 17.2.2 in Ubuntu 16.04 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.

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

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install 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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3 responses to MESA 17.2.2 Is Now Available for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

  1. Mesa 17.3 is available as well as open-sources drivers on this repository. I use it for a long while on many different computers, and it’s pretty stable.


  2. How do you upgrade from Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS to 17.10? why is there is no information about such upgrading?

    • For Ubuntu 16.04, you have to upgrade to 17.04 first and then to 17.10. In Software & Updates -> Updates tab, set ‘Notify me of a new Ubuntu version: For any Ubuntu version’, then you’ll see the upgrade button in Software Updater after installing all system updates.