Nvidia Drivers on Debian Sid

Packages you need

To detect the right type of driver to install apt repositories have a package called nvidia-detect which I recommend running first. In my case running a GTX 2060 I had to install the generic nvidia-driver package

Before you install the driver package!

Grab the apt package nvidia-xconfig. If you’re like me and never bothered to an /etc/X11/xorg.conf this will write out a config for you that should, just werk.


Commands are listed in order, just be sure to run with correct permissions.

apt install nvidia-detect
package=$(nvidia-detect | grep '^ *nvidia')
apt install "$package"

Note: Pretty much all of the above commands, except for line 2 require elevated permissions.