Nvidia driver, CUDA tools and libraries

nvidia-settings
Oh no, another Nvidia driver repository? Why?

This driver reflects my personal view for the way the driver should be packaged for Fedora and CentOS/RHEL. It’s somewhat different from ELRepo repositories for RHEL/CentOS and from RPMFusion packages for Fedora.

Repository installation

To install the repository on a supported Fedora distribution, run as root the following command:

dnf config-manager --add-repo=https://negativo17.org/repos/fedora-nvidia.repo

To install the repository on CentOS/RHEL:

yum-config-manager --add-repo=https://negativo17.org/repos/epel-nvidia.repo

Starting from Fedora 25, the Nvidia software packages are available for installation by default also in Gnome Software.

Please note that the driver will show up only if your system matches one of the PCI ID supported by the driver. Otherwise, only the other Nvidia programs (mostly for CUDA development) will show up in the software center.

What’s different?

First of all the packaging is a lot simplified; more stuff is compiled from source, smaller packages and more options. This packages try to comply as maximum to the Fedora Packaging Guidelines; which means they have debuginfo packages, default Fedora’s GCC compile time options (where possible) and standard locations for binaries, data and docs.

What follows below, is a detailed explanation of all the “differences” from the various Nvidia driver packages that I was able to spot on the web and a detailed description on how to install components, etc.

Nvidia drivers

Packaging

  • nvidia-settings, nvidia-persistenced, nvidia-xconfig and nvidia-modprobe are compiled from source.
  • All RPM filters except for GL and OpenCL libraries have been removed, so there is no weird dependency option in the SPEC file. RPM pulls in all correct requirements on its own. This is to avoid pulling in the Nvidia drivers instead of the Mesa libraries or in place of the new open source OpenCL support that’s in Fedora.
  • Simplified packaging with much simpler and readable SPEC file.
  • Dependency on libva-vdpau-driver. So in Totem, or any other libVA supported application you can benefit from VDPAU acceleration.
  • Sources are generated with a script and inserted individually in the various packages; so it can be easily reproduced just by changing the version and rerunning the script.
  • nvidia-xconfig is not required on anything that uses the modular X.org directives, as it writes too much in the configuration file (keyboards, monitors, etc.) and the required entries should be written in separate configuration files under /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d. The package is still available as it’s required to speed up some configuration like multi-monitor setups with SLI Mosaic enabled from the command line, but not installed by default.
  • The NVIDIA OpenGL-based Framebuffer Capture (NvFBCOpenGL) libraries (NvFBC and NvIFR) are private APIs that are only available to NVIDIA approved partners for use in remote graphics scenarios (i.e. Steam In-Home Streaming hardware encoding); so they are packaged in another small package called nvidia-driver-NvFBCOpenGL.
  • The nvidia-settings package now builds the external libXNVCtrl.so library that can be used to control the graphic cards through the NV-CONTROL extension. This library updates the old and obsolete one in Fedora based on drivers version 165.
  • Starting from version 343.13, the nvidia-settings binary is compiled with GTK3 instead of GTK2 on Fedora and RHEL/CentOS 7+.
  • The driver can be installed separately from the nvidia-settings utility, so if you simply want a working driver and do not care about details, your experience should be as close as possible to the one with open source drivers.

Versioning

  • ELRepo ships 32 bit compatibility libraries in a separate package with x86_64 as the architecture and “32bit” in the name. 32 bit libraries should be like in RPMFusion, with an i686 package installable in parallel with the x86_64 one. There are no other packages in the distribution that are built for x86_64, with “32bit” in their name that contain i686 binaries (!), so Nvidia drivers should not be an exception. So no separate “32bit.x86_64” package for 32 bit libraries also on CentOS/RHEL; just install nvidia-driver-libs.i686.
  • Versions are not hidden; all packages have the same driver version.
  • No alternatives system, only the latest version which integrates CUDA support is available. For older releases nouveau works great; and anything below a GeForce 8xxx it’s in my opinion too low end to play anything modern. And Quake 3 and Doom 3 work greatly with nouveau, so that’s not a case!
  • The CentOS/RHEL repository contains the “Long Lived Branch version” where less changes occur; while Fedora repositories contains the “Short Lived Branch version”. Beta CentOS/RHEL and Fedora’s rawhide repositories will contain the “Beta Branch version”

CUDA support

  • CUDA libraries/tools for the driver are split into subpackages. There’s no need to install all the CUDA libraries and tools on a system that has only one adapter and is used for occasional gaming or for simple office use. This can save ~120 MB worth of installed libraries. nvidia-persistenced falls in this category as it’s not needed on a normal laptop or gaming system.
  • Complete packaged CUDA stack has been added for all supported distributions, all the packages provide/require/obsolete the relevant packages in the Nvidia CUDA repository; so you can enable this repository along with the official Nvidia CUDA one (x86_64 systems only).

Kernel modules

  • Multiple choice of kernel module packages; akmod (RPMFusion) for Fedora and binary kmod (Kernel ABI whitelists) for CentOS/RHEL. In addition to this, on both distributions dkms packages are available. This way all cases and personal preferences are covered for both distributions.
  • Starting from Nvidia driver version 334.16, the Nvidia DDX driver for X can also rely on the nvidia-modprobe command in the system to create devices and set permissions, so the new optional package has been added.
  • The nvidia module has a soft dependency on the nvidia-uvm module, making sure the module is loaded when installing the nvidia-driver-cuda package, but making sure that these modules are not included in the initrd (thing that would happen with systemd configuration (module-s-load.d). UDev rules make sure the module has proper permissions.
  • On Fedora, the kernel modules are compressed with XZ, like all the other kernel modules.

Default configuration

  • Dracut options are depending on the distribution; so no more “vga=normal is an obsolete option” at boot. Each distribution gets its own specific GRUB options for booting.
  • 96 DPI is written in the default xorg.conf config file. Why? Gnome 3 by defaults hard-codes a 96×96 DPI resolution, most of the free drivers do (intel, nouveau, etc.) as the EDID is almost never reliable (please see the excellent Adam’s Jackson post where he explains this). As an example, if you install the Nvidia drivers on a RHEL/CentOS 6 laptop where you used to have nouveau installed (96 DPI hardcoded), the fonts gets 90% of the time supersize and ugly as Gnome 2 and the Nvidia driver do not hard-code 96 DPI like Gnome 3.
  • Make X.org NVIDIA Files section to be loaded latest in case there are other packages providing a custom Files section.
  • Starting from Fedora 21, all driver X.org configuration can be managed by simply adding/removing X.org configuration snippets in /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d.
  • Use new OutputClass directive on Fedora 21 X.org server 1.16 (and later) to load the driver and do not rely on an edited /etc/X11/xorg.conf file. This also removes editing of the xorg.conf file from the package scriptlets. This does not hardcode the 96 DPI resolution.
  • Add the IgnoreABI directive by default on Fedora rawhide builds.

Kernel modesetting and Wayland support

Kernel mode setting on the nvidia-drm module has been disabled by default for various reasons. First of all, Wayland support in the drivers require a patched Wayland which has been refused upstream, and then the driver itself does not expose an FB driver for the console, so you won’t see any difference in the terminal output, you will still be limited to VGA.

There is a proposal for sorting everything out at XDC 2016 for hardware vendors that require to expose extensions for the drivers.

The Wayland libraries are still included in the Fedora builds, as all the dependencies are there but they are not used. On CentOS/RHEL 7 packages, they are not included as this would result in missing dependencies.

Vulkan support

vulkan_500px_june16Vulkan is now part of Fedora, so on supported Fedora releases, the Vulkan loader and libraries can be installed and you do not need to do anything to enable support in the drivers. CentOS and Red Hat Enterprise Linux do not have Vulkan yet. I’m not sure if it’s worth installing it by default along with the drivers, though.

Distribution and Nvidia driver version support

Here is a rundown of Nvidia supported drivers and options split by distribution. Basically, CentOS/RHEL will always get a Long Lived branch release if possible, Fedora always a Short Lived branch release, and unreleased distributions will always get a Beta driver.

Operating systemel6 / el7f25 / f26 / f27
Driver branchLong LivedShort Lived
Long Lived
Driver version384.90387.22
NVENC8.0.148.0.14
Architectures:

i686
x86_64
YesYes
Basic nvidia driver:

nvidia-driver
nvidia-driver-libs
nvidia-libXNVCtrl
YesYes
CUDA libraries and tools:

nvidia-driver-cuda
nvidia-driver-cuda-libs
nvidia-driver-NVML
nvidia-persistenced
YesYes
OpenGL Framebuffer Capture:

nvidia-driver-NvFBCOpenGL
YesYes
Nvidia tools:

nvidia-healthmon (x86_64)
nvidia-validation-suite (x86_64)
nvidia-modprobe
nvidia-settings
nvidia-xconfig

YesYes
Binary kernel
modules (kABI):

kmod-nvidia
YesNo
DKMS kernel
modules:

dkms-nvidia
YesYes
aKMOD kernel
modules:

akmod-nvidia
NoYes
32 bit compatibility on x86_64:

nvidia-libXNVCtrl
nvidia-driver-libs
nvidia-driver-cuda-libs
nvidia-driver-NVML
YesYes
Development

nvidia-driver-devel
nvenc
nvenc-samples
libvdpau-devel
YesYes
GLVND libraries

libglvnd
libglvnd-egl
libglvnd-gles
libglvnd-glx
libglvnd-opengl
libglvnd-core-devel
libglvnd-devel
YesYes
VDPAU libraries

libvdpau
1.1.11.1.1

Optimus laptops

The driver should install and operate cleanly whether you are installing it on a system which has one or more discrete Nvidia cards or an Optimus laptop with an Intel and a Nvidia card. Nothing to do to enable or configure Optimus.

This is up to the point that when the drivers are installed, you can even turn off Optimus on or off in your system Bios (if your laptop allows that) and the only difference you should see is that there’s an additional VGA card enabled in your system (check with lspci) and that the Nvidia control panel switches between a PRIME Display, like in this picture:

And a normal RandR managed one, like in this one:

Everything else should not be different from your normal experience.

Limitations with the Nvidia driver

The limitations are the same as provided by the Nvidia driver, this means that if you are running it on an Optimus laptop, the Intel card can never power off. Which means higher power consumption, unfortunately. If you have an Optimus laptop and absolutely need the proprietary drivers, my suggestion is still to disable Optimus in the Bios.

Limitations with the OSS stack

On the contrary, if you use the OSS stack (nouveau/intel) the second card can be powered off if there’s no application running on it or display directly connected to one of the card’s outputs. That’s the best reason to use the OSS drivers at all if you you’re not doing serious gaming or 3D work:

$ sudo cat /sys/kernel/debug/vgaswitcheroo/switch
0:IGD:+:Pwr:0000:00:02.0
1:DIS: :DynOff:0000:01:00.0

You also got the nifty selection menu about running your game on the discrete card on Gnome, which is really cool:

It will power up the video card just before launching the process. Launching a program through that menu entry is like starting it from the command line with the DRI_PRIME variable declared. For example, the same as above would be:

$ DRI_PRIME=1 quake3 &
$ sudo cat /sys/kernel/debug/vgaswitcheroo/switch
0:IGD:+:Pwr:0000:00:02.0
1:DIS: :DynPwr:0000:01:00.0

As you can see, the discrete video card is turned on. For Steam, you still need to edit each of your game to run on the Nvidia card:

SLI systems

SLI is now enabled by default with the Auto profile, there’s nothing to do if you have a SLI system. If you need any different SLI option (AA, SFR, etc.), just override it in X.org configuration files.

Nouveau fallback

With the new expanded OutputClass support for X, as carried out by Hans, it’s now super easy to switch to the OSS stack if the proprietary Nvidia driver somehow does not work. No user space component is touched, as soon as the Nvidia kernel module is not loaded (check on /sys/module/nvidia), the desktop starts with the normal OSS components you get with a normal installation. Thanks to all the work done on libglvnd, the libraries loaded are the correct one for the driver you are running.

This means that the performance of the Nvidia card would be abysmal, but still you would get a nice desktop and browser to Google around for answers on how to fix it :).

Sample installation

Here is an example. Let’s assume you have a freshly installed Fedora 25 system with a recent Nvidia GPU and you want to:

  • Install the driver for gaming
  • Play Vulkan enabled games
  • Want to be comfortable with the control panel
  • Play 32 bit games on a 64 bit system
  • Play 32 bit Vulkan games on a 64 bit system
$ sudo dnf install nvidia-settings kernel-devel dkms-nvidia vulkan.i686 nvidia-driver-libs.i686
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Dependencies resolved.
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 Package              Arch     Version                                Repository       Size
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Installing:
 dkms-nvidia          x86_64   2:375.10-1.fc25                        fedora-nvidia   6.4 M
 libglvnd             i686     1:0.2.999-3.20161017gita813b56.fc25    fedora-nvidia   103 k
 libglvnd             x86_64   1:0.2.999-3.20161017gita813b56.fc25    fedora-nvidia   105 k
 libglvnd-gles        i686     1:0.2.999-3.20161017gita813b56.fc25    fedora-nvidia    29 k
 libglvnd-gles        x86_64   1:0.2.999-3.20161017gita813b56.fc25    fedora-nvidia    28 k
 libglvnd-glx         i686     1:0.2.999-3.20161017gita813b56.fc25    fedora-nvidia   114 k
 libglvnd-glx         x86_64   1:0.2.999-3.20161017gita813b56.fc25    fedora-nvidia   110 k
 libglvnd-opengl      i686     1:0.2.999-3.20161017gita813b56.fc25    fedora-nvidia    39 k
 libglvnd-opengl      x86_64   1:0.2.999-3.20161017gita813b56.fc25    fedora-nvidia    38 k
 libva-vdpau-driver   x86_64   0.7.4-14.fc24                          fedora           61 k
 libvdpau             i686     1.1.1-3.fc24                           fedora           35 k
 nvidia-driver        x86_64   2:375.10-1.fc25                        fedora-nvidia   3.1 M
 nvidia-driver-NVML   x86_64   2:375.10-1.fc25                        fedora-nvidia   397 k
 nvidia-driver-libs   i686     2:375.10-1.fc25                        fedora-nvidia    15 M
 nvidia-driver-libs   x86_64   2:375.10-1.fc25                        fedora-nvidia    14 M
 nvidia-libXNVCtrl    x86_64   2:375.10-1.fc25                        fedora-nvidia    26 k
 nvidia-settings      x86_64   2:375.10-1.fc25                        fedora-nvidia   935 k
 vulkan               i686     1.0.30.0-1.fc25                        fedora          1.5 M
 vulkan               x86_64   1.0.30.0-1.fc25                        fedora          1.4 M
 vulkan-filesystem    noarch   1.0.30.0-1.fc25                        fedora          8.0 k
 
Transaction Summary
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Install  20 Packages
 
Total download size: 43 M
Installed size: 184 M
Is this ok [y/N]:

As you can see, this system has dkms enabled kernel module and libraries for running 32 bit applications. The amount of data to download for the drivers is really small compared to packages that contain CUDA libraries and tools. All packages have an higher Epoch set; so they should never be upgraded on your system when you enable this repository along the RPMFusion or ELRepo ones.

Package installation

If you are booting the system in UEFI mode; as a prerequisite to installing any external module (not built into the kernel package), you have to disable UEFI Secure Boot in the system configuration. All modules contained in the kernel package are signed with keys that are generated during build and deleted when packaging. If you want to preserve Secure Boot, you need to sign the modules yourself and import the keys into your hardware module. Doing so is out of scope here; if you need a decent guide just follow Red Hat’s guide for signing kernel modules.

First of all remove all the Nvidia drivers you might have on your system due to RPMFusion, ELRepo, or the Nvidia CUDA repository. The packages should already take care of this for you, as they should be completely compatible; but better be safe than sorry. This is usually accomplished with the following root command:

yum -y remove \*nvidia\*

Then, to install the Nvidia driver and its control panel utility in CentOS/RHEL with the binary kABI (Kernel ABI whitelist) module (this is the default on CentOS/RHEL), perform the following command:

yum -y install nvidia-driver nvidia-settings

To do the same in Fedora, perform the following command:

dnf -y install nvidia-driver nvidia-settings kernel-devel

Requirement on kernel-devel is required as otherwise the package kernel-debug-devel is pulled in automatically in place of the normal non-debug package. There is bug opened on dnf/libsolv for this.

Specific driver installations

For both Fedora and CentOS/RHEL distributions it’s possible to install additional packages and / or variant of the basic kernel modules. This paragraph contains some examples. Make sure you have the RPMFusion repository enabled if you plan to use akmod kernel modules on Fedora or EPEL if you plan to use DKMS modules on CentOS/RHEL.

akmod kernel module variant (Fedora):

dnf -y install nvidia-driver kernel-devel akmod-nvidia

DKMS kernel module variant (Fedora/CentOS/RHEL):

yum/dnf -y install nvidia-driver kernel-devel dkms-nvidia

To add 32 bit libraries on a 64 bit system (for games or applications like Steam):

yum -y install nvidia-driver-libs.i686

Additional driver configuration to your system

To add additional configuration to your system, just create the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file if it does not exist (by default it exists only in Red Hat Enterprise Linux / CentOS 6 systems). For example:

Section "Device"
    Identifier  "Device0"
    Driver      "nvidia"
    Option      "NoLogo" "true"
    Option      "DPI" "96 x 96"
    Option      "SLI" "Auto"
    Option      "nvidiaXineramaInfoOrder" "DFP-0"
    Option      "metamodes" "GPU-a493fbbb-7d76-86a2-8764-d76d487a75a7.DVI-I-1: nvidia-auto-select +0+0, GPU-c02960a4-be28-d5ce-8b02-be04b5e2550b.DVI-I-1: nvidia-auto-select +1680+0"
    Option      "BaseMosaic" "on"
EndSection

In this example we have 2 video cards with one monitor each, so we enabled SLI, Base Mosaic to have multi monitor support on SLI and make a layout with the second GPU monitor on the right of the first one. Also, we fix the DPI to 96×96, which is the hardcoded default in Gnome and in Open Source drivers.

Configuration for headless systems

Your system might only be used for CUDA development and not require the X server to be running the driver at all, so you might want to tweak the configuration a bit to make the system load (for example) the Intel driver as the main display and just the Nvidia driver for calculation. In this case, the Intel driver should load the modesetting driver, offload the rendering to the Nvidia driver and not use any monitor attached to the X server for the Nvidia driver.

So in this case, I would change /etc/default/grub to remove the nomodeset parameter to make the Intel KMS driver to load properly, regenerate the Grub config file, reboot and use this xorg.conf:

Section "ServerLayout"
    Identifier "layout"
    Screen 0 "intel"
    Inactive "nvidia"
EndSection
 
Section "Device"
    Identifier "nvidia"
    Driver "nvidia"
    BusID "<BusID for NVIDIA device here>"
EndSection
 
Section "Screen"
    Identifier "nvidia"
    Device "nvidia"
    Option "AllowEmptyInitialConfiguration"
EndSection
 
Section "Device"
    Identifier "intel"
    Driver "modesetting"
EndSection
 
Section "Screen"
    Identifier "intel"
    Device "intel"
EndSection

An example of the above can also be read in the official documentation.

The device file /dev/nvidia0 is normally created when loading the Nvidia driver, so if the X driver is not loaded the device file fileis not created. You can use the nvidia-modprobe command that is in the package with the same name.
It contains a SUID binary that creates the device files and set the appropriate permissions when automatic device creation is not available. It is called directly by Nvidia libraries:

$ for i in $(rpm -ql nvidia-driver-libs.x86_64); do
    strings $i | grep nvidia-modprobe > /dev/null && echo $i
done
/usr/lib64/libnvidia-cfg.so.1
/usr/lib64/libnvidia-cfg.so.381.22
/usr/lib64/libnvidia-eglcore.so.381.22
/usr/lib64/libnvidia-glcore.so.381.22
/usr/lib64/libnvidia-glsi.so.381.22
/usr/lib64/vdpau/libvdpau_nvidia.so.1
/usr/lib64/vdpau/libvdpau_nvidia.so.381.22

This requires some testing and adjustments with specifics to your setup, but is definitely possible to use the integrated Intel card and or rely on a system without X installed to run the CUDA components.

CUDA

Packaging

  • Previously in the repository was included the GPU Deployment kit. This was constructed with NVML (NVIDIA Management Library) headers, docs and samples from a separate tarball. The separate tarball was using a different version number than the drivers and was packaged in the nvidia-driver-NVML and nvidia-driver-NVML-devel packages. Installing these, the gpu-deployment-kit dependency provided by the CUDA repositories was preserved. Starting from CUDA version 8, the NVML header is provided by a CUDA subpackage (cuda-nvml-devel) and no longer provided as part of the GPU Deployment kit.
  • Included is also the NVENC (Nvidia Encoder) header, docs and code samples. Again, this uses a different version than the drivers.
  • All the libraries are split into subpackages, much like in the original Nvidia CUDA repository. This allows you to install and build software relying on specific components without the need to install all the CUDA toolkit just to satisfy a library dependency. With the new packaging organization, the original cuda-devel and cuda-extra-libs will pull in all the specific subpackages giving you the same situation you are accustomed to. Also, for the same reason, static libraries have been included in each respective devel subpackage.
  • In addition to the libraries bundled in the CUDA toolkit, also the cuDNN library for distributed neural networks is included in the repository. See the table below for details.

Distribution and CUDA version support

Operating systemel6 / el7f24 / f25 / f26f27
CUDA branch/version8.0.61 + cuBLAS patch8.0.61 + cuBLAS patch9.0.176
CUDA cuDNN version5.1.10
6.0.20
7.0.3.11
5.1.10
6.0.20
7.0.3.11
7.0.3.11
Basic CUDA libraries/tools:

cuda
cuda-libs
cuda-extra-libs
cuda-cublas
cuda-cudart
cuda-cufft
cuda-cudnn
cuda-cupti
cuda-curand
cuda-cusolver
cuda-cusparse
cuda-npp
cuda-nvgraph
cuda-nvrtc
cuda-nvvp
YesYesYes
CUDA development:

cuda-cli-tools
cuda-devel
cuda-cublas-devel
cuda-cudart-devel
cuda-cudnn-devel
cuda-cufft-devel
cuda-cupti-devel
cuda-curand-devel
cuda-cusolver-devel
cuda-cusparse-devel
cuda-npp-devel
cuda-nvgraph-devel
cuda-nvml-devel
(also i686)
cuda-nvrtc-devel
YesYesYes
Java GUI programs:

cuda-nsight
cuda-nvvp
YesYesYes
Documentation and samples

cuda-samples
cuda-docs
(noarch)
YesYesYes

CUDA installations

To install just a runtime CUDA support (required for running CUDA enabled programs):

yum -y install cuda nvidia-driver-cuda

To install packages required for enabling CUDA development:

yum -y install cuda-devel

or, if you need to develop some application that requires multiple libraries:

yum -y install cuda-devel

A couple of examples. Just the basic tools:

$ sudo dnf install cuda
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Dependencies resolved.
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 Package           Arch         Version               Repository           Size
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Installing:
 cuda              x86_64       1:8.0.44-4.fc24       fedora-nvidia        95 M
 cuda-cufft        x86_64       1:8.0.44-4.fc24       fedora-nvidia        97 M
 cuda-curand       x86_64       1:8.0.44-4.fc24       fedora-nvidia        38 M
 cuda-libs         x86_64       1:8.0.44-4.fc24       fedora-nvidia       6.4 M
 
Transaction Summary
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Install  4 Packages
 
Total size: 236 M
Installed size: 469 M
Is this ok [y/N]:

The basic tools along with all the libraries (note that the NVML headers are included):

$ sudo dnf install cuda-devel
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Dependencies resolved.
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 Package                 Arch       Version             Repository         Size
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Installing:
 cuda                    x86_64     1:8.0.44-4.fc24     fedora-nvidia      95 M
 cuda-cublas             x86_64     1:8.0.44-4.fc24     fedora-nvidia      21 M
 cuda-cublas-devel       x86_64     1:8.0.44-4.fc24     fedora-nvidia      38 M
 cuda-cudart             x86_64     1:8.0.44-4.fc24     fedora-nvidia     131 k
 cuda-cudart-devel       x86_64     1:8.0.44-4.fc24     fedora-nvidia     659 k
 cuda-cufft              x86_64     1:8.0.44-4.fc24     fedora-nvidia      97 M
 cuda-cufft-devel        x86_64     1:8.0.44-4.fc24     fedora-nvidia      73 M
 cuda-cupti              x86_64     1:8.0.44-4.fc24     fedora-nvidia     1.2 M
 cuda-cupti-devel        x86_64     1:8.0.44-4.fc24     fedora-nvidia     213 k
 cuda-curand             x86_64     1:8.0.44-4.fc24     fedora-nvidia      38 M
 cuda-curand-devel       x86_64     1:8.0.44-4.fc24     fedora-nvidia      60 M
 cuda-cusolver           x86_64     1:8.0.44-4.fc24     fedora-nvidia      23 M
 cuda-cusolver-devel     x86_64     1:8.0.44-4.fc24     fedora-nvidia     4.1 M
 cuda-cusparse           x86_64     1:8.0.44-4.fc24     fedora-nvidia      23 M
 cuda-cusparse-devel     x86_64     1:8.0.44-4.fc24     fedora-nvidia      23 M
 cuda-devel              x86_64     1:8.0.44-4.fc24     fedora-nvidia     1.6 M
 cuda-libs               x86_64     1:8.0.44-4.fc24     fedora-nvidia     6.4 M
 cuda-npp                x86_64     1:8.0.44-4.fc24     fedora-nvidia      91 M
 cuda-npp-devel          x86_64     1:8.0.44-4.fc24     fedora-nvidia      47 M
 cuda-nvgraph            x86_64     1:8.0.44-4.fc24     fedora-nvidia     4.6 M
 cuda-nvgraph-devel      x86_64     1:8.0.44-4.fc24     fedora-nvidia      12 k
 cuda-nvml-devel         x86_64     1:8.0.44-4.fc24     fedora-nvidia      41 k
 cuda-nvrtc              x86_64     1:8.0.44-4.fc24     fedora-nvidia     6.6 M
 cuda-nvrtc-devel        x86_64     1:8.0.44-4.fc24     fedora-nvidia      16 k
 
Transaction Summary
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Install  24 Packages
 
Total size: 655 M
Installed size: 1.4 G
Is this ok [y/N]:

An example where your CUDA application just uses the CUDA Runtime API and not the kernel runtime:

$ sudo dnf install cuda-cudart
Last metadata expiration check: 0:13:10 ago on Sun Oct 23 13:11:01 2016.
Dependencies resolved.
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 Package           Arch         Version               Repository           Size
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Installing:
 cuda-cudart       x86_64       1:8.0.44-4.fc24       fedora-nvidia       131 k
 
Transaction Summary
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Install  1 Package
 
Total size: 131 k
Installed size: 536 k
Is this ok [y/N]:

This will avoid you pulling in all the libraries as before just because you need a single library. This is useful for example for programs that leverage just some part of the CUDA toolkit, like the Nvidia Performance Primitives for image and signal processing in FFmpeg, and similar things.

Bugs

Just open an issue to the specific package on GitHub.

889 thoughts to “Nvidia driver, CUDA tools and libraries”

  1. Hi, I just tried to install nvidia drivers on a clean F27 system, and after the reboot the system becomes unusable due to gnome-shell hogging the CPU (load goes above 9.0). Even the login screen shows this behavior. Reverting back to nouveau makes system usable again. Any idea what’s going on? I have a GTX 750 Ti. Thanks!

    1. Uh… I don’t know exactly what happened, but I decided to reinstall nvidia driver to get some additional info, and to my surprise it is working just fine now, no CPU hogs or such. Sorry for the noise, nothing to see here, move on 😉

  2. I can’t install driver because package is not at same version :
    nvidia-driver.x86_64 2:384.69-1.fc25 fedora-nvidia
    nvidia-settings.x86_64 2:387.22-1.fc25 fedora-nvidia
    dkms-nvidia.x86_64 2:387.22-1.fc25 fedora-nvidia
    kmod-nvidia.x86_64 2:387.22-1.fc25 fedora-nvidia
    akmod-nvidia.x86_64 2:387.22-1.fc25 fedora-nvidia

    Can you fix it ?

  3. I added the repo and then installed the driver and graphics control panel from software center. But when i click on the control panel nothing happens. I mean it doesn’t open and how do i switch to nvidia drivers ?

    What could be the issue ?

  4. ARGH! I installed your driver on F26 (GTX 650 Ti) and had ABYSMAL graphics performance. Slow, stuttering, graphics artifacts etc. I’ve been looking for a solution for months, to finally be able to play games on Linux.

    Everything was supposed to be fine: the Nvidia control panel was working, direct rendering was ‘on’, showed the proper graphic device, didn’t complain about the kernel module not being loaded.

    But all games ran awfully slow, especially compared to the fact that they ran nicely in Windows!

    So, I had the following installed:
    akmod-nvidia
    kmod-nvidia-…
    nvidia-driver-libs
    nvidia-settings.

    You know what solved my problem after searching for weeks and finding no solution?

    Installing the seemingly optional nvidia-modprobe package… now my system works great, games run wonderfully.

    What does it do and if it’s optional, why does it improve performance so much?

  5. Hi! I’m using Fedora 27 beta and after installing this repo the nouveau driver is used instead of nvidia. I ran on Gnome, Gnome Classic and Gnome Xorg, but the same driver still loads. Here there are commands I run:

    lspci | grep VGA
    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation GP106M [GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile 6GB] (rev a1)

    uname -r
    4.13.9-300.fc27.x86_64

    dnf list installed nvidia
    Installed packets
    dkms-nvidia.x86_64 2:387.12-2.fc27 @fedora-nvidia
    nvidia-driver.x86_64 2:387.12-1.fc27 @fedora-nvidia
    nvidia-driver-libs.i686 2:387.12-1.fc27 @fedora-nvidia
    nvidia-driver-libs.x86_64 2:387.12-1.fc27 @fedora-nvidia
    nvidia-libXNVCtrl.x86_64 2:387.12-1.fc27 @fedora-nvidia
    nvidia-settings.x86_64 2:387.12-1.fc27 @fedora-nvidia

    lshw -numeric -C display
    *-display
    description: VGA compatible controller
    product: GP106M [GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile 6GB] [10DE:1C60]
    vendor: NVIDIA Corporation [10DE]
    physical id: 0
    bus info: pci@0000:01:00.0
    version: a1
    width: 64 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: pm msi pciexpress vga_controller bus_master cap_list rom
    configuration: driver=nouveau latency=0
    resources: irq:128 memory:db000000-dbffffff memory:90000000-9fffffff memory:a0000000-a1ffffff ioport:e000(size=128) memory:c0000-dffff

    I heard about EAGLStreams repo from Nvidia that allows to run their driver on Wayland. Should it help? How safe is it?

      1. Sorry to reply late. Yes, I’m using it. Few days before there was update which caused that driver if logged to xorg mode was loaded. I installed the mutter exactly from the provided link but nouveau driver loads.

      2. Also happening with me. That link does nothing with 3.13.12-300 f27 kernel.

        I’ve tried all I could but only the last kernel (3.13.12-200) or earlier that I had in use with Fedora 26 works.

        Secure boot is disabled. uninstall nvidia package, reinstall, reboot, eglstream, whatever.

        Tested also with disablement of Wayland:
        loginctl show-session 2 -p Type
        Type=x11

        lspci -nnk | grep -iA2 vga
        Kernel driver in use: nouveau

          1. OK! So managed to get the older kernels working with the nvidia driver again (though as I type this 4.13.12-200 f26 is working a bit oddly. Figure that out later.) 4.13.12-300 still does not work and still shows nouveau.

            lspci -nnk | grep -iA2 vga
            Kernel driver in use: nvidia

            loginctl show-session 1 -p Type
            Type=wayland

            It went something like this:

            removed linked mutter repo and undid all that from link

            reinstalled mutter

            remove then installed negativo17.org driver

            su -c ‘dnf -y –allowerasing install xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-libs.i686’

            reboot into older kernel and nvidia driver was back

          2. After more testing, have been unable to get nvidia drivers working at all now with wayland or xorg. Even removed gdm, mutter, wayland and all nvidia packages regardless of how I do it. Even with the linked mutter. Nothing at all.

            Its interesting to note that nvidia-settings has error:
            ERROR: Unable to find display on any available system

            And adding generated xconfig causes boot to get stuck pre-login

            No dnf command found on this page seems to fix it as well

            So I’m now out of ideas. It just seems to be completely broken.

          3. For reference, my solution was to install Nvidia proprietary driver without negativo17. Nouveau has a freeze bug for me so couldn’t exactly wait around for this to be fixed.

  6. Suggestion:

    Is it how doable to do GPU Switching for Optimus laptops? Ubuntu has made Dirty hack which allows switching between Intel/Nvidia. I suppose that “offloading” would be THE way to do it like in Windows, but far as I know that is not happening in Linux.

    Would be super helpful on Laptop to decide between Performance vs PowerSave. Batter time with only intel can be like 7 hours, but on nividia its max 2 hours, but commonly just 1 hour. (just my Dell Laptop measures)

  7. I have two Fedora 26 laptops. Both has Intel with Optimus. (Haswell + Kaby Lake and Quadro 2100K + GeForce 1050 Ti)

    My experience with fresh installs is:
    –> Wayland is working with Intel
    –> Xorg is working with Nvidia

    This is kinda nice… I can EASILY switch to Powersave Intel / Powerful Nvidia by just relogging.

    I don’t know if this is the intended way it should work. I understood that Nvidia should now work with Wayland? Or is that coming from Fedora 27?

      1. Thank you from clarification. I think I will wait still before I break my system. 🙂 Also few things does not work in Wayland, example Shutter which I use daily basis.

  8. I’m using fresh installed Fedora 26 and I get the following msg when I’m trying :
    dnf remove *nvidia*
    Error:
    Problem: The operation would result in removing the following protected packages: kernel-core
    how can I fix that?

      1. That was the full output of the command but I can give more information about the kernel I’m using and graphics card:

        dnf list installed nvidiaInstalled Packages
        kernel-core.x86_64 4.11.8-300.fc26 @anaconda
        kernel-core.x86_64 4.13.5-200.fc26 @updates
        kernel-modules.x86_64 4.11.8-300.fc26 @anaconda
        kernel-modules.x86_64 4.13.5-200.fc26 @updates
        linux-firmware.noarch 20170828-77.gitb78acc9.fc26 @updates

        uname -r
        4.11.8-300.fc26.x86_64

        lspci |grep -E “VGA|3D”
        05:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation GK104 [GeForce GTX 770] (rev a1)

        any idea?

      1. I tried to use negativo drivers, but after reboot (GTX 1080) it gave me a black screen, then I tried to reinstall Fedora, but it failed (broke EFI partition) and I had to reinstall Windows in result.

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