2D driver installation

Prebuilt binaries

It is strongly advised to use the openchrome packages provided by your distribution or alternatively contributed binaries if openchrome is not officially shipped in your distro.

Install from a release tarball * type:

If your distribution is not shipping openchrome or is shipping and old version and you want to upgrade, this is the recommended method. Don't use the GIT sources unless you absolutely need to.

Get the latest xf86-video-openchrome release tarball from http://xorg.freedesktop.org/archive/individual/driver/, decompress it then build and install the driver:

    wget http://xorg.freedesktop.org/archive/individual/driver/xf86-video-openchrome-<version number>.tar.bz2
    tar xvjf xf86-video-openchrome-<version number>.tar.bz2
    cd xf86-video-openchrome-<version number>
    ./configure --prefix=/usr 
    sudo make install

Install from GIT

If you want to use the very latest, not yet released code, this is what you need. Be warned that although the code in trunk should build at any time, the driver you will obtain might be a bit rough on the edges. The code in the branches might not even compile. You've been warned. Happy hacking :-)

For Debian based distributions (Debian, Ubuntu, Mint), go to webpage related to build the openchrome driver.

First make backups of your current /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers/openchrome_drv.so and /usr/lib/libchromeXvMC*so* files — these will be overwritten during 'make install' below.

    git clone git://anongit.freedesktop.org/openchrome/xf86-video-openchrome
    cd xf86-video-openchrome
    ./autogen.sh --prefix=/usr --enable-debug --enable-xv-debug

and finally:

    su -c 'make install'


    sudo make install

Source installation build dependencies

In order to build openchrome from sources, you will need to install some build dependencies. Here are some distro specific instructions on how to get them easily :

  • Debian/Ubuntu/Mint :
sudo apt-get build-dep xserver-xorg-video-openchrome

to get dependency packages:

libdrm-dev libx11-dev x11proto-xf86dri-dev libxext-dev libxvmc-dev x11proto-gl-dev mesa-common-dev
Openchrome build instructions

  • Fedora/RHEL and RHEL clones :
yum-builddep xorg-x11-drv-openchrome


dnf builddep xorg-x11-drv-openchrome

Other components installation


Building the DRM kernel modules On modern kernels (2.6.22 and later) the DRM is up-to-date. Compile these modules yourself only if your kernel is older. When your libdrm is older than 2.3.0, you also need to build the drm library from source, and when your kernel is older than 2.6.22, also the drm.ko and via.ko kernel modules.

Get the source

    git clone git://anongit.freedesktop.org/git/mesa/drm
    cd drm

Install libdrm Do this part only if your libdrm is older than 2.3.0.

    make install

Install kernel modules

    cd linux-core
    make LINUXDIR=/lib/modules/`uname -r`/build DRM_MODULES=via
    cp *.ko /lib/modules/`uname -r`/kernel/drivers/char/drm/
    depmod -ae