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Steps to setup PyTorch with GPU for NVIDIA GTX 960m (Asus VivoBook n552vw) in Ubuntu

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In this post, I’m gonna describe the steps I used to utilize GPU for the PyTorch Deep Learning framework on my laptop.

Setup GPU on Ubuntu 16.04 (2020-11)

The following steps were performed on Ubuntu 16.04. I provided a post update corresponding to these steps for set upping GPU on Ubuntu 20.4 in the update section.

Generally, you should check the compatibility of several things:

  • Pytorch Version
  • Nvidia Driver
  • Cuda Version

My python version is 3.7, you can create a conda env by the following command:

conda create -n deep_env python=3.7

First Step: Check compatibilities

Check Cuda and Nvidia GPU drivers compatibility at:

Here is the important table:

CUDA ToolkitLinux x86_64 Driver Version
CUDA 11.1 (11.1.0)>= 450.80.02
CUDA 11.0 (11.0.3)>= 450.36.06
CUDA 10.2 (10.2.89)>= 440.33
CUDA 10.1 (10.1.105)>= 418.39
CUDA 10.0 (10.0.130)>= 410.48
CUDA 9.2 (9.2.88)>= 396.26
CUDA 9.1 (9.1.85)>= 390.46
CUDA 9.0 (9.0.76)>= 384.81
CUDA 8.0 (8.0.61 GA2)>= 375.26
CUDA 8.0 (8.0.44)>= 367.48
CUDA 7.5 (7.5.16)>= 352.31
CUDA 7.0 (7.0.28)>= 346.46
CUDA Toolkit and Compatible Driver Versions

Check PyTorch compatibility at:

Based on my system configuration I decided to install the following versions:

CUDA: 10.1

GPU Driver: 418.56

Pytorch: 1.6.0 / Torchvision: 0.7.0

Second Step: Install GPU Driver

Install the appropriate version of your GPU using one of the following options:

  1. Go to Software & Update -> Additional Drivers -> Using Nvidia binary driver – version X.X.
  2. Or if you can’t see the first option run the following command: sudo apt install nvidia-418
  3. Or alternatively, you can download drivers from the Official Nvidia website.
  4. Reboot your system
  5. Now run the command nvidia-smi. It must show something like the following:

Third Step: Install Cuda Toolkit

Download and install the proper Cuda Tool kit version from and then reboot. Specifically, I downloaded CUDA 10.1 Toolkit from this link and installed the .run file by:

sudo sh

Final Step: Install PyTorch

Install the appropriate Pytorch version from:

I have installed it using the following command:

pip install torch==1.6.0+cu101 torchvision==0.7.0+cu101 -f

Update for Ubuntu 20.04 (2022-08)

I have recently migrated from Ubuntu 16.4 to Ubuntu 20.04. So I had to change the configurations for my GPU setup.

First Step: Check compatibilities

Here is the new configuration that worked for me:

CUDA: 11.4

GPU Driver: 470

Pytorch: 1.11.0+cu113/ Torchvision: 0.12.0+cu113

Second Step: Install GPU Driver

Select the compatible NVIDIA driver from Additional Drivers and then reboot your system.

Now run the command nvidia-smi. It must show something like the following:

Third Step: Install Cuda Toolkit

Downloaded CUDA 11.4 Toolkit from the Official NVIDIA Website and then install the .run file by running the following command:

sudo sh

Final Step: Install PyTorch

pip install torch==1.11.0+cu113 torchvision==0.12.0+cu113 torchaudio==0.11.0 --extra-index-url

Checking PyTorch is using GPU

If everything is fine you should see the following outputs when running the Python script below:

>>> import torch

>>> torch.cuda.is_available()

>>> torch.cuda.device_count()

>>> torch.cuda.current_device()

>>> torch.cuda.device(0)
<torch.cuda.device at 0x7efce0b03be0>

>>> torch.cuda.get_device_name(0)
'GeForce GTX 950M'

Enjoy GPU Power!

Amir Masoud Sefidian
Amir Masoud Sefidian
Machine Learning Engineer

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