Need to find information on the graphics card on your Linux desktop environment? Are terminal commands not providing enough info? Follow along with our guide as we show you how to find Graphics Card info on Linux!
Installing GPU Viewer on Linux
Before going over how to use the GPU Viewer application to take a look at graphics card info on your Linux desktop, the app must be installed. To start the installation, open up a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard. Then, follow the command-line installation instructions outlined below.
Note: GPU Viewer has decent Linux support. As of now, GPU Viewer supports Ubuntu and Debian via an official DEB package. Additionally, it is available as a Flatpak and is in the Arch Linux User Repository.
To install the GPU Viewer application on your Ubuntu desktop, start out by using the wget tool to grab the latest DEB package release from the project’s GitHub.
Once the DEB package is done downloading to your Linux PC, use the Apt command to install it.
sudo apt install ./gpu-viewer_1.23f1-1_amd64.deb
When the Apt command finishes, GPU Viewer will be installed on your system.
To get GPU Viewer up and running on your Debian Linux PC, start by downloading the DEB package from the internet using the wget command.
Then, use the dpkg command to install the software on your Debian PC. Keep in mind that during the dpkg installation, some errors may occur.
sudo dpkg -i install gpu-viewer_1.23f1-1_amd64.deb
Correct the errors with the apt-get install -f command.
sudo apt-get install -f
When all errors are corrected, GPU Viewer is ready to use on your Debian Linux system.
On Arch Linux, GPU Viewer is available as an AUR package. To start the installation, install both the “Git” and “Base-devel” packages on the system with the following Pacman command.
sudo pacman -S base-devel git
Once the “Base-devel” and “Git” packages are set up, use the git clone command to download the Trizen AUR helper. Trizen is a great app that makes installing AUR packages easier. It will make setting up GPU Viewer very straightforward by taking out the tedious parts.
git clone https://aur.archlinux.org/trizen.git
Install the Trizen application with the following makepkg command.
Finally, install the GPU Viewer application on your Arch Linux system by executing the trizen -S command.
trizen -S gpu-viewer
Sadly, there is no RPM package available for Fedora or OpenSUSE users. If you want to use GPU Viewer, you will need to install the Flatpak release of the app.
To get GPU Viewer up and running via Flatpak, start by ensuring you have the Flatpak runtime set up on your system. If you don’t, follow our guide on how to set it up. Then, enter the following commands to get the app installed.
flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo flatpak install flathub io.github.arunsivaramanneo.GPUViewer
How to find Graphics Card info on Linux
The GPU Viewer application allows Linux users to get an insane amount of information about the graphics card, including Vulkan information, OpenGL information, technical specifications, and much more. To view information for your own GPU, start by launching the GPU Viewer application on your Linux desktop. Launch it by searching for it in the app menu. Once the application is open, follow the information outlined below to find GPU information.
Find the “OpenGL” icon and click on it with the mouse. When you’ve selected the “OpenGL” icon, you will see an OpenGL readout of your GPU. This readout displays your X.Org version, the OpenGL renderer (AKA your graphics card), the version of OpenGL you are using, your available video memory, and a lot more.
In addition to the OpenGL information, GPU Viewer will also display all of the OpenGL extensions currently in use on your Linux PC. To filter through them, locate the “Type here to filter extensions” area and type in it to find specific extensions.
If OpenGL information isn’t enough for you, GPU Viewer can also display Vulkan information. Here’s how to do it. First, Find the “Vulkan” icon and click on it with the mouse. When you’ve selected the “Vulkan” icon, GPU Viewer will display several different tabs. These tabs are “Device,” “Properties,” “Features,” “Limits,” “Extensions,” “Formats, “Memory Types,” “Queues,” and “Instances & Layers.” Click on the “Devices” tab.
Inside of the “Devices” tab, you will see a detailed readout of your graphics card specifications. This area also displays your Vulkan API version, memory free, total memory available, and more.