Ubuntu 16.04 – Installing the Intel Graphics drivers using the Intel Graphics Installer for Linux™



As of the time of writing this article, the Intel Graphics Installer for Linux™ only worked for Ubuntu 15.10.

If you have Ubuntu 16.04 and would like to use the graphics installer, you can use these commands to trick the installer to think that you’re running 15.10.

$ sudo cp /etc/lsb-release /etc/lsb-release.backup
$ sudo  gedit /etc/lsb-release

Change the following lines to the values below:

DISTRIB_RELEASE=16.04
DISTRIB_CODENAME=wily

Run the Intel Graphics Installer for Linux™ to install the graphics drivers. When it asks to reboot be sure to say “No”.

Then copy the original lsb-release file back to were it was.

$ sudo cp /etc/lsb-release.backup /etc/lsb-release

Now you can reboot.

$ sudo reboot

More information:

You can see which version of Ubuntu the Intel Graphics Installer is designed for here.
Look for something like this: “Graphics Installer 1.2.1 for Ubuntu* 15.10, 64-bit”

26 Comments on “Ubuntu 16.04 – Installing the Intel Graphics drivers using the Intel Graphics Installer for Linux™

  1. Thank you.

    Note, you wrote:
    “`
    Change the lines to:
    DISTRIB_RELEASE=16.04
    DISTRIB_CODENAME=xenial
    “`

    when I think you meant:
    “`
    Changes the lines to:
    DISTRIB_RELEASE=15.10
    DISTRIB_CODENAME=wily
    “`
    At least the later worked for me, while the former did not.

  2. I keep getting the following errors:

    Error running transaction: GDBus.Error:org.debian.apt.TransactionFailed: error-dep-resolution-failed: The following packages have unmet dependencies:

    libosmesa6: Depends: libgcc1 (>= 1:3.4) but 1:6.0.1-0ubuntu1 is to be installed
    Depends: libglapi-mesa (= 11.2.0-1ubuntu2) but 11.3~git1605031930.ebbe31~gd~x is to be installed

    The following packages have unmet dependencies:

    libosmesa6: Depends: libgcc1 (>= 1:3.4) but 1:6.0.1-0ubuntu1 is to be installed
    Depends: libglapi-mesa (= 11.2.0-1ubuntu2) but 11.3~git1605031930.ebbe31~gd~x is to be installed

    • Hi,

      Also I got this same error message. Anyone know how we can fix this??
      Thank you!

    • It probably means that you must upgrade those libraries and update your dependencies list. Just try sudo apt-get upgrade and then sudo apt-get update

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  4. Hi

    I get this message after I change the values.

    (gedit:2868): WARNING **: Set document metadata failed: Setting attribute metadata::gedit-spell-enabled not supported

  5. Hello I have a custom pc with an lntel Q35 graphics I installed the Intel Graphics Update Tool it installed the driver but the resolution is stuck at 1024×768, any tips on how to use better resolutions?

  6. I use with terminal and I typing:
    > intel-linux-graphics-installer

    And then answer me that:

    intel-linux-graphics-installer: command not found

    What’s mean it?

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