I have installed latest nVidia graphic driver via this PPA "xorg-edgers/ppa". Now in Nvidia X server setting showing the driver version is 346.35. But in Ubuntu's Additional Drivers there is no such driver rather it marks the Nouveau driver.

I ran lspci -vnn | grep -i VGA -A 12.

01:00.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: NVIDIA Corporation GF104 [GeForce GTX 460] [10de:0e22] (rev a1) (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
Subsystem: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd Device [1458:34fc]
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 53
Memory at fc000000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=32M]
Memory at d8000000 (64-bit, prefetchable) [size=128M]
Memory at d4000000 (64-bit, prefetchable) [size=64M]
I/O ports at b800 [size=128]
[virtual] Expansion ROM at fe780000 [disabled] [size=512K]
Capabilities: <access denied>
Kernel driver in use: nvidia

01:00.1 Audio device [0403]: NVIDIA Corporation GF104 High Definition Audio     Controller [10de:0beb] (rev a1)
Subsystem: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd Device [1458:34fc]

Which version of graphic driver I am using currently ? If I am not using nVidia's driver then how can I use nVidia's driver. I am running Ubuntu 14.04 64bit OS.

2 Answers 2


Update typing:


gives you the driver verson nowadays.

Old answer:

Typing nvidia-settings --version will tell you what version of the NVidia driver is currently installed (even when it's not running).

lsmod | grep video will show you the running video module.

modinfo szWhateverWasTheOutputOfThePreviousCommand will give you the version of the running module.

  • thanks for the reply. but lsmod | grep video does not show anything. @Fabby Commented Feb 15, 2015 at 13:28
  • Try copy-pasting the command because unless you're running a server that has no GUI, it should output something (actually a few lines). BTW, the xorg.edgers is an "open-source" x server repackaging of the NVidia proprietary drivers, so it shows up like "nouveau" under the GUI anyway... so you should be fine in all cases (just double-verified)
    – Fabby
    Commented Feb 15, 2015 at 14:37
  • 1
    The linux kernel has modules, but Xorg has drivers.
    – fwyzard
    Commented Jun 29, 2018 at 7:19
  • Updated. Not as funny as before now however, but indeed more correct. @fwyzard
    – Fabby
    Commented Jun 29, 2018 at 9:24

If using prime-select (nVidia Optimus) on Ubuntu 18.04 (Dell XPS 15 9570) then use:

prime-select query

and it responds with intel or nvidia, depending on what you chose last.

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