How to Install NVIDIA Driver 418.43 (G-SYNC Support) in Ubuntu 18.04

Last updated: March 8, 2019

Nvidia Linux driver

NVIDIA driver 418.43 for Linux was released 2 weeks ago with G-SYNC Compatible (a.k.a. FreeSync / Adaptive-Sync) support. Now you can install it in Ubuntu 18.04 and higher via the “Graphics Drivers” team PPA.

NVIDIA driver 418.43 is the first stable release in the 418 series, and it features:

  • New GPUs support:
    • GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
    • GeForce RTX 2070 with Max-Q Design
    • GeForce RTX 2080 with Max-Q Design
  • Initial support for G-SYNC Compatible monitors.
  • Support for stereo presentation in Vulkan.
  • NVIDIA optical flow support.
  • NVIDIA Video Codec SDK 9.0 support
  • Various Vulkan and OpenGL fixes
  • See the release note for more details.

How to Install NVIDIA Driver 418.43 in Ubuntu:

For Ubuntu 18.04, Linux Mint 19, Ubuntu 18.10, Ubuntu 19.04, you can do following steps to add the PPA and install the latest NVIDIA 418 drivers.

1. Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T keyboard shortcut or by searching for ‘terminal’ from application menu. When it opens, run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:graphics-drivers/ppa

Type user password (no asterisk feedback due to security reason) when it prompts and hit Enter to continue adding PPA.

2. For Linux Mint 19, you may need to run command to refresh system package cache:

sudo apt update

3. Launch Software & Updates utility, and navigate to Additional Drivers tab.

Then choose using “NVIDIA driver metapackage from nvidia-driver-418” from the list and click Apply Changes.

In addition, if the driver does not install after clicking ‘Apply Changes’, try running command in terminal:

sudo apt install nvidia-driver-418 nvidia-settings

For unmet dependency issue, try removing old NVIDIA proprietary drivers first.


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2 responses to How to Install NVIDIA Driver 418.43 (G-SYNC Support) in Ubuntu 18.04

  1. Thank you Ji, I have tried several ways to install the driver on Mint 19 but only the steps from you really helped me out.

  2. Michael Zietlow April 28, 2019 at 1:35 am

    nvidia-driver-418 (418.56-0ubuntu1) is already installed on 19.04 disco dingo out of the box! But this information is useful for future updates.