Chef cookbook to install the NVIDIA binary Xorg driver.
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Cookbook which installs the NVIDIA binary Xorg driver.


Include recipe[ubuntu_nvidia_gpu] in your run_list.



Tested on 10.14.4 but newer and older version should work just fine. File an issue if this isn't the case.


The following platforms have been tested with this cookbook, meaning that the recipes and LWRPs run on these platforms without error:

  • ubuntu (12.04)

Please report any additional platforms so they can be added.


There are no external cookbook dependencies.


Depending on the situation and use case there are several ways to install this cookbook. All the methods listed below assume a tagged version release is the target, but omit the tags to get the head of development. A valid Chef repository structure like the Opscode repo is also assumed.

From the Opscode Community Platform

To install this cookbook from the Opscode platform, use the knife command:

knife cookbook site install ubuntu_nvidia_gpu

Using Librarian

Librarian-Chef is a bundler for your Chef cookbooks. Include a reference to the cookbook in a Cheffile and run librarian-chef install. To install Librarian-Chef:

gem install librarian
cd chef-repo
librarian-chef init

To use the Opscode platform version:

echo "cookbook 'ubuntu_nvidia_gpu'" >> Cheffile
librarian-chef install

Or to reference the Git version:

cat >> Cheffile <<END_OF_CHEFFILE
cookbook 'ubuntu_nvidia_gpu',
  :git => '', :ref => 'v0.1.0'
librarian-chef install

Using knife-github-cookbooks

The knife-github-cookbooks gem is a plugin for knife that supports installing cookbooks directly from a GitHub repository. To install with the plugin:

gem install knife-github-cookbooks
cd chef-repo
knife cookbook github install fnichol/chef-ubuntu_nvidia_gpu/v0.1.0

As a Tarball

If the cookbook needs to downloaded temporarily just to be uploaded to a Chef Server or Opscode Hosted Chef, then a tarball installation might fit the bill:

cd chef-repo/cookbooks
curl -Ls | tar xfz - && \
  mv fnichol-chef-ubuntu_nvidia_gpu-* ubuntu_nvidia_gpu

As a Git Submodule

A dated practice (which is discouraged) is to add cookbooks as Git submodules. This is accomplished like so:

cd chef-repo
git submodule add git:// cookbooks/ubuntu_nvidia_gpu
git submodule init && git submodule update

Note: the head of development will be linked here, not a tagged release.



Installs the driver packages and configures an xorg.conf file.



An Array of packages that must be installed. The default is set based on the platform and platform_version.

Resources and Providers

There are no resources and providers in this cookbook.


Pull requests are very welcome! Make sure your patches are well tested. Ideally create a topic branch for every separate change you make.

License and Author

Author:: Fletcher Nichol ( endorse

Copyright 2010, 2011, 2012, Fletcher Nichol

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at

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