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intel graphics update tool

Intel Graphics Update Tool, formerly known as the Intel Graphics Installer, has now reached the 2.0.3 release with support for Ubuntu 16.10 and Fedora 24.

The Intel® Graphics Update Tool for Linux* OS (formerly known as the Intel® Graphics Installer for Linux*) was renamed starting from version 2.0.2, in order to more accurately reflect the purpose of the tool. Linux distributions already include by default an Intel® graphics driver, without needing any extra installation. This tool aims to make the latest Intel® Graphics Stack available before it gets officially released by Linux* OS vendors. Specifically, it benefits those Linux* users of both Ubuntu* and Fedora* distributions who want to update their graphics subsystems for Intel® platforms.

Version 2.0.3 of the update tool is targeted specifically at both Ubuntu* 16.10 and Fedora* 24. Earlier revisions for those Linux distributions are now deprecated and are no longer being supported by the update tool. Please upgrade to a more recent version of your OS distribution if you want to take advantage of this release.

The 2.0.3 release includes the Mesa 12.0.3 3D Graphics Library, Cairo 1.15.2 graphics library, libva-intel-driver 1.7.2, as well as all the libva related libraries, such as libva-wayland, libva-tpi, libva-glx, libva-egl, libva-drm, libva-x11, and libva-utils. Also Intel Graphics Stack Recipe 2016Q3 for Linux is supported in this release.

intel graphics update tool

Download & Install Intel Graphics Update Tool 2.0.3:

Download the installer from the link below:

Intel Graphics Update Tool 2.0.3

For Ubuntu, they are .deb binaries, just grab the one matches your OS type, and click to open & install via Ubuntu Software.


Once installed, launch it from Unity Dash and enjoy!

switch between Intel and Nvidia

For Ubuntu laptops with dual graphics cards, Intel graphics is being used by default. To get the best graphics performance for playing games or charting, you need to manually switch to NVIDIA graphics card.

This can be easily done after installing Nvidia graphics drivers and below steps will show you how:

1. Search for and launch “Additional Drivers” utility from Unity Dash.

additional drivers

2. When it opens, you can see a list of recommended drivers for your graphics cards:


3. Install NVIDIA proprietary driver as it shows by launching terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command:

sudo apt-get install nvidia-361

Replace nvidia-361, or just use nvidia-current instead and keep an eye on the installing process to make sure the installed driver is listed in above picture.


You may also install Intel proprietary driver, which is not required:

sudo apt-get install intel-microcode

4. After installed graphics drivers, re-launch Additional Drivers utility and apply new installed drivers, so it looks like:

additional drivers

5. Finally switch graphics card by launching NVIDIA X Server Settings and select a GPU you want at PRIME Profiles tab.

Switch Graphics Card in Ubuntu

To apply changes, log out and back in.

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