Improve Intel Graphics Performance on Ubuntu 16.04 (and variants)

This solved a very annoying problem for me, as the screen was heavily tearing and I didn’t like the video playback performance.

All you need to do is the following:

  1. If you are using Ubuntu 16.04, then you don’t need this step. If you are using a variant that is based on it, like LinuxMint 18.1 in my case, you have to edit the name of your distribution, as the installer must detect that your OS is Ubuntu 16.04, not anything else.
    1. Edit the file /etc/lsb_release and comment out the following lines:
      DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION=”Linux Mint 18.1 Serena”
    2. Add the following lines:
      DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION=”Ubuntu 16.04 LTS”
  2. Download the Intel installer compatible with Ubuntu 16.04 from here: and install it**
  3. You will find a new software installed called “Intel Graphics Update Tool for Linux* OS”, open it and enter your password, as it needs administrative access
  4. You don’t need to change any settings, just click Next on all screens and start the installation. It will need to download some packages, so you have to be connected to the Internet
  5. After it’s done, restart your computer
  6. Enjoy!

**Note: If it complains about missing dependency for the ttf-ancient-fonts, just install it via apt-get

About SoCRaT

Systems Engineer, OSS & Linux Geek
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4 Responses to Improve Intel Graphics Performance on Ubuntu 16.04 (and variants)

  1. Sinasofa says:

    Greate post Amr. I tried to install it and got the following error:
    intel-graphics-update-tool depends on ttf-ancient-fonts; however:
    Package ttf-ancient-fonts is not installed.

    Basically, the tool depends on this ttf-ancient-fonts. Some intel developers mention that it’s needed for some spacial characters…


  2. Sinasofa says:

    A workaround was:
    after trying to install, do:
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get -f install

    This has installed the followings:
    Setting up fonts-ancient-scripts (2.59-1) …
    Setting up ttf-ancient-fonts (2.59-1) …
    Setting up intel-graphics-update-tool (2.0.2) …


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  3. pabloab says:

    Ancient fonts were not enough for me:
    `intel-graphics-update-tool depends on libpackagekit-glib2-18 (>= 0.9.4); however:`
    `E: Package ‘libpackagekit-glib2-18’ has no installation candidate`
    Only `libpackagekit-glib2-16` and `libpackagekit-glib2-dev` available 😦


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