How to Install/Upgrade Nvidia Drivers on Debian 11 Bullseye

Open-source drivers for Nvidia have been working great with the support of a huge community but if you want to get the most out of your Graphics Card, you will need to have a proprietary driver installed on your Debian.

In today’s tutorial, we are going to walk you through how you can install Nvidia drivers on Debian Machine to get you a great visual experience and Rendering.

Installing Nvidia Drivers on Debian 11

It is not a lengthy process and can be done easily if you just follow the given steps without any errors. For your convenience, we have also provided screenshots of each step.

Step 1: Enabling Contrib and Non-Free Repositories

The default Repositories of Debian do not contain any proprietary packages. So we are required to enable non-free and contrib repositories so that we can easily download and install Nvidia proprietary drivers.

Open Software & Updates tool by searching it in the App menu

1. Searching Software and Updates

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Enable the following Repositories:

DFSG – compatible Software with Non-Free Dependencies (contrib)

Non – DFSG -compatible Software (non-free)

1. enabling non free and contrib

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Click on the close button. You will get a new prompt saying The information about available software is out-of-date. Click on Reload button.

1. click on reload

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You have successfully added repositories to your System.

Step 2: Checking Compatible Drivers for Hardware

There are several versions of Nvidia Drivers available on the internet which apply to different hardware. To get drives meant for our specific hardware, we are required to use a tool called nvidia-detect

Download nvidia-detect by the following command:

 sudo apt install nvidia-detect 

2. sudo apt install nvidia-detect

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Step 3: Downloading Compatible Drivers

After installing nvidia-detect, we can easily get Nvidia drivers which are meant for our hardware and we can easily download them without any complex process involved.

We have to run nvidia-detect to get desired drivers for our hardware. Use the following command to run nvidia-detect:

 sudo nvidia-detect 

As you can see, it has suggested downloading a package called nvidia-driver. When we use nvidia-detect, it scans our system and gets us the most compatible Nvidia driver available to us. So we can download that package without any worries and will work for sure.

2. sudo nvidia-detect

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You may get a different package suggested by nvidia-detect, so use the given command by changing nvidia-detect to your specific package.

 sudo apt install nvidia-driver 

2. sudo apt install nvidia-driver

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Once the downloading has been completed, you are required to Reboot your System to active the changes which we have just made to our System.

Step 4: Opening NVIDIA X Server Settings

After installing the required packages and Rebooting, you will get a Software named NVIDIA X Server Settings in your App menu. Search Nvidia in your App menu and open the most appropriate result.

3. Searching for nvidia

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You will get the following output. You can tweak Nvidia settings from this tool.

3. final output of nvidia server settings

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Conclusion:

You can experience a great Rendering and visual boost after installing Nvidia drivers on Debian 11. You can also select between many modes including Performance mode which enables you a great visual experience.

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Sagar Sharma

Sagar always uses Linux to its core and loves to write the technical side of system administration! While he's not writing, you can always find him exploring new Linux distros!

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