How To Add Intel Linux Graphics Driver Repository In Ubuntu

Few weeks ago we wrote about the release of Intel Linux Graphics Driver that can be installed in Ubuntu 12.04 and 12.10 to ensure the best user experience when using Intel Graphic hardware. That post can be found @

The previous post shows you how to manually install the drivers. This post on the other hand is going to show you how to add the driver’s repository so that it can be updated everytime you run system updates. In Ubuntu and other Linux based OS, the best way to get quick support and the latest updates for software installed on your machine is to add its repository.

By doing that, everytime you update your system, any pending updates for installed software will also be downloaded and installed. This method makes sure software are patched quickly and efficiently.

So, to stay current with the latest enhancements, optimizations and bug fixes for Intel Graphics Drivers in Ubuntu, please add its repository to your computer.

To do that, press Ctrl – Alt – T on your keyboard to open the terminal. When it opens, run the commands below to add its repository’s key.

wget --no-check-certificate -O - | sudo apt-key add -



Next, run the commands below to add the repository for Ubuntu 12.04 systems.

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb Ubuntu 12.04" >> /etc/apt/sources.list'


For Ubuntu 12.10 systems, run this commands to add the repository

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb Ubuntu 12.10" >> /etc/apt/sources.list'


All you have to do is update your system whenever newer versions of the driver are available.

sudo apt-get update


To install the driver from the repository, run the commands below.

sudo apt-get install intel-linux-graphics-installer 




That it!


To remove or completely uninstall the driver from Ubuntu, run the commands below.

sudo apt-get purge intel-linux-graphics-installer && sudo apt-get autoremove


To get rid of the repository, go to System Settings –> Software Sources –> Other Software tab, then remove it.





7 thoughts on “How To Add Intel Linux Graphics Driver Repository In Ubuntu”

  1. I’m currently using Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS 32bit. The default graphics driver installed is xserver-xorg-video-intel-lts-qunatal. I’m not satisfied with my graphics as my system lags a lot and I’m not able to play video in any video player.. So I decided to update my graphics driver by Intel-Linux-Graphics-Installer.
    I followed your step it works fine and installed very well. But “Intel-Linux-Graphics-Installer” shows the message “Distribution not Supported”. Scan status are as follows –
    Checking if Intel graphics card available… OK
    Retrieving information from… OK
    Checking distribution… Failed

  2. I was just trying to get my Intel drivers to update through their updater and it said “Distribution not supported”. I check Intels Linux site and they said that they quick support on 12.04 and will be stopping 12.10 in October. I think this is a very dumb move on their part to not continue supporting the Long Term Release.

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