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How To Install CUDA on Ubuntu 24.04 LTS

Install CUDA on Ubuntu 24.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install CUDA on Ubuntu 24.04 LTS. CUDA is NVIDIA’s parallel computing architecture that enables dramatic increases in computing performance by harnessing the power of the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit). Unlike traditional computing, which relies on the CPU, CUDA allows for complex calculations to be divided and executed simultaneously across multiple cores of a GPU, making it an invaluable tool for applications requiring high levels of mathematical computations, such as machine learning models, 3D rendering, and scientific simulations.

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 NVIDIA CUDA on Ubuntu 24.04 (Noble Numbat). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 22.04 and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint, Elementary OS, Pop!_OS, and more as well.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 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.
  • An Ubuntu 24.04 system with root access or a user with sudo privileges.

Install CUDA on Ubuntu 24.04 LTS Noble Numbat

Step 1. Updating the Package Repository.

It’s crucial to keep your system up-to-date to avoid potential compatibility issues and security vulnerabilities. Open your terminal and run the following commands to update the package lists and upgrade installed packages:

sudo apt update

This command will fetch the latest package information from the Ubuntu repositories, allowing you to install the most recent version of CUDA and its dependencies. Updating the package repository is crucial to maintaining the security and stability of your system.

Step 2. Installing NVIDIA Drivers.

Identifying and installing the correct NVIDIA drivers is crucial. You can install the recommended driver using the ubuntu-drivers utility:

sudo ubuntu-drivers autoinstall

Reboot your system to apply changes:

sudo reboot

Step 3. Installing NVIDIA CUDA on Ubuntu 24.04.

The CUDA Toolkit is the core component required for CUDA development. You can download the latest version of the CUDA Toolkit from the NVIDIA website.​

wget https://developer.download.nvidia.com/compute/cuda/12.4.1/local_installers/cuda_12.4.1_550.54.15_linux.run

Once the download is complete, navigate to the downloaded file’s location in the terminal and run the following commands to install the CUDA Toolkit:

sudo sh cuda_12.4.1_550.54.15_linux.run

Follow the on-screen prompts and accept the license agreement. When prompted, choose the option to install the CUDA Toolkit and associated components.

After the installation is complete, you’ll need to set the necessary environment variables. Open your .bashrc file using a text editor:

nano ~/.bashrc

Add the following lines at the end of the file, replacing <cuda_install_path> with the actual installation path of CUDA:

export PATH=$PATH:<cuda_install_path>/bin
export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=$LD_LIBRARY_PATH:<cuda_install_path>/lib64

Save the changes and exit the text editor. Then, source the .bashrc file to apply the changes:

source ~/.bashrc

To ensure that CUDA is installed correctly, you can run the following command:


This command will display information about your NVIDIA GPU and the installed CUDA version. If the output shows your GPU and CUDA version, the installation was successful.

Step 4. Testing the Installation

To further validate the installation, you can compile and run a simple CUDA program. NVIDIA provides sample codes in the CUDA Toolkit installation directory. Navigate to the samples directory and compile the deviceQuery sample:

cd <cuda_install_path>/samples/1_Utilities/deviceQuery

If the compilation is successful, run the compiled program:


This program will display information about your CUDA-capable devices and confirm that the installation is working correctly.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed CUDA. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing NVIDIA CUDA on the Ubuntu 24.04 LTS system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the CUDA 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 idroot.us, 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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