How To Install CUDA on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Install CUDA on Ubuntu 20.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install CUDA on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, CUDA (Compute Unified Device Architecture) is a parallel computing platform and programming model developed by NVIDIA for general computing on their GPUs (graphics processing units). It enables dramatic increases in computing performance by harnessing the power of the GPU.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the CUDA on Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 20.04, 18.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • An active internet connection. You’ll need an internet connection to download the necessary packages and dependencies.
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install CUDA on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt commands in the terminal.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Installing CUDA on Ubuntu 20.04.

By default, the CUDA package is not available on Ubuntu 20.04 base repository. Now we add the CUDA repository pin to your system using the following command below:


Next, we move the pin to the /etc/preferences.d directory and rename it as cuda-repository-pin-600:

sudo mv /etc/apt/preferences.d/cuda-repository-pin-600

After that, download the CUDA Ubuntu file using the following command:


Then, use the dpkg command to execute the file:

sudo dpkg -i cuda-repo-ubuntu2004-11-4-local_11.4.2-470.57.02-1_amd64.deb

Finally, the package lists and install the CUDA software package:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install cuda

Step 3. Installing CuDNN.

Now we download CuDNN installed from the official page. After registering in NVIDIA Developer Program you can download the latest version of cuDNN:

tar -xzvf cudnn-10.2-linux-x64-v8.2.4.15.tgz

Next, copy the following files to the CUDA directory:

sudo cp cuda/include/cudnn*.h /usr/local/cuda/include
sudo cp cuda/lib64/libcudnn* /usr/local/cuda/lib64
sudo chmod a+r /usr/local/cuda/include/cudnn*.h /usr/local/cuda/lib64/libcudnn*

Congratulations! You have successfully installed CUDA. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the CUDA NVIDIA on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official NVIDIA website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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