AMDgpu (Linux kernel module)

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Initial release1.0 / 20 April 2015; 8 years ago (2015-04-20)[1]
Stable release / 17 September 2021; 2 years ago (2021-09-17)[2]
Written inC
Operating systemLinux
TypeDevice driver
LicenseMIT License

AMDgpu is an open source device driver for the Linux operating system developed by AMD to support its Radeon lineup of graphics cards (GPUs). It was announced in 2014 as the successor to the previous radeon device driver as part of AMD's new "unified" driver strategy,[3] and was released on April 20, 2015.[4]


It takes the form of an in-tree kernel module.

As of 2022, AMD Kernel Fusion Driver (KFD) is now integrated in this one kernel module. AMD KFD development at AMD is part of ROCm, under the ROCk project.


AMDgpu has been fully upstreamed and new developments continue to do so.

As AMDgpu is part of the monolithic Linux kernel, it is shipped by most Linux distributions directly. The package suite / install script amdgpu-pro, distributed by AMD directly from AMD Radeon Software, ships an AMDgpu kernel module somewhat reliably more up-to-date compared to that of kernels shipped in regular operating system distributions.


The development of the kernel module happens between AMD and the Linux maintainers, discussions happen on the mailing lists[5][6] - freedesktop being home to major Linux graphics projects such as Mesa, libdrm, Xorg, Wayland.


AMDgpu officially supports cards built upon GCN 1.2 or higher, including new instruction sets such as RDNA1&2, CDNA.

Support issues[edit]

Though as of 2022 support for GCN 1.0/1.1 is incomplete,[7] it can be enabled by a kernel parameter[8][9] and some Linux distributions enabled it by default.[10]

Linux device drivers for AMD hardware as of August 2016

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Initial amdgpu driver release". 20 April 2015.
  2. ^ "AMDgpu version bump". GitHub. 17 September 2021.
  3. ^ Larabel, Michael (October 8, 2014). "The Slides Announcing The New "AMDGPU" Kernel Driver". Phoronix. Retrieved April 11, 2023.
  4. ^ Larabel, Michael (April 20, 2015). "AMD Releases New "AMDGPU" Linux Kernel Driver & Mesa Support". Phoronix. Retrieved April 11, 2023.
  5. ^ "The dri-devel Archives". Retrieved 2021-02-01.
  6. ^ "The amd-gfx Archives". Retrieved 2021-02-01.
  7. ^ "Defaulting Radeon GCN 1.0/1.1 GPUs To Better Linux Driver Is Held Up By Analog Outputs". Phoronix. Archived from the original on 2020-08-05. Retrieved 2021-03-09.
  8. ^ "AMD Unleashes Initial AMDGPU Driver Support For GCN 1.0 / Southern Islands GPUs". Phoronix. 2016-05-13. Retrieved 2017-04-05.
  9. ^ "AMDgpu driver documentation".
  10. ^ "Mageia 8 RC1 Brings AMDGPU For GCN 1.0/1.1, NVIDIA GLVND, Linux 5.10 LTS". Phoronix. Archived from the original on 2021-02-07. Retrieved 2021-03-09.

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