How To Install AMD Catalyst 14.4 On Linux Systems

Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, the AMD Catalyst 14.4 drivers for Linux have been recently released, coming with some regressions for some problems with SteamOS games in low memory environments, some Intel Mesa fixes and support for OpenGL 4.4.

System requirements:

  • Xorg/Xserver 7.4 and above (up to 1.15)
  • Linux kernel 2.6 or above (up to 3.13)
  • glibc version 2.2 or 2.3

For more information about this release and the list of supported systems, see the changelog.

How To Install AMD Catalyst 14.4 On Linux Systems

In this article I will show you how to install the AMD Catalyst 14.4 RC drivers on Linux systems.

Official supported systems:

    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux Suite 6.3 and 6.4
    • SUSE® Linux Enterprise 11 SP3
    • OpenSUSE 11.4 and 12.1
    • Ubuntu 12.04.2, 12.04.4 and 13.04


Because the drivers are not available via any repository, we have to download the the zip archive from the official site, extract it, set execution permissions:

Download AMD Catalyst 14.4 Drivers for Linux

$ unzip ~/Downloads/
$ cd fglrx*
$ sudo chmod +x amd-driver-installer*.run

Kill the display manager, which can either be: kdm for KDE, gdm for Gnome, lightdm for LXDE and XFCE (i think), mdm (for Linux Mint):

$ sudo /etc/init.d/kdm stop
$ sudo /etc/init.d/gdm stop
$ sudo /etc/init.d/lightdm stop
$ sudo /etc/init.d/mdm stop

And finally, run the AMD Catalyst binary file:

$ sudo ./amd-driver-installer*.run

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One comment on “How To Install AMD Catalyst 14.4 On Linux Systems
  1. Franck says:

    Is this compatible with ubuntu 14.04 and HD8790m ?
    Thanks for answering 🙂

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