Installation prerequisites#

Applies to Linux


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Before installing ROCm, complete the following prerequisites.

  1. Confirm the system has a supported Linux version.

    • To obtain the Linux distribution information, use the following command:

      uname -m && cat /etc/*release
    • Confirm that your Linux distribution matches a supported distribution.

      Example: Running the preceding command on an Ubuntu system produces the following output:

      DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION="Ubuntu 20.04.5 LTS"
  2. Verify the kernel version.

    • To check the kernel version of your Linux system, type the following command:

      uname -srmv

      Example: The preceding command lists the kernel version in the following format:

      Linux 5.15.0-46-generic #44~20.04.5-Ubuntu SMP Fri Jun 24 13:27:29 UTC 2022 x86_64
    • Confirm that your kernel version matches the system requirements, as listed in Supported operating systems.

Register your Enterprise Linux#

If you’re using Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) or SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES), register your operating system to ensure you’re able to download and install packages.

There is no registration required for Ubuntu.

Typically you can register by following the step-by-step user interface. If you need to register by command line, use the following commands:

subscription-manager register --username <username> --password <password>
subscription-manager attach --auto
subscription-manager repos --enable codeready-builder-for-rhel-9-x86_64-rpms

More details about registering for RHEL

Typically you can register by following the step-by-step user interface. If you need to register by command line, use the following commands:

SUSEConnect -r <REGCODE>
SUSEConnect -p sle-module-desktop-application/15.4/x86_64
SUSEConnect -p sle-module-development-tools/15.4/x86_64
SUSEConnect -p PackageHub/15.4/x86_64

More details about registering for SLES

Additional package repositories#

For some distributions, the ROCm installation packages depend on packages that aren’t included in the default package repositories. These external repositories need to be sourced before installation. Use the following instructions specific to your distribution to add the necessary repositories.

All ROCm installation packages are available in the default Ubuntu repositories.

  1. Add the EPEL repository.

    sudo rpm -ivh epel-release-latest-9.noarch.rpm
    sudo rpm -ivh epel-release-latest-8.noarch.rpm
  2. Enable the CodeReady Linux Builder (CRB) repository.

    In order to enable CRB, you may need to install dnf-plugin-config-manager first.

    sudo dnf install dnf-plugin-config-manager
    sudo crb enable

Add the Perl language repository.


We currently need to install the Perl module from SLES 15 SP5 as a workaround. The module was removed for SLES 15 SP4.

zypper addrepo
zypper addrepo

Kernel headers and development packages#

The driver package uses Dynamic Kernel Module Support (DKMS) to build the amdgpu-dkms module (driver) for the installed kernels. This requires the Linux kernel headers and modules to be installed for each. Usually these are automatically installed with the kernel, but if you have multiple kernel versions or you have downloaded the kernel images and not the kernel meta-packages then they must be manually installed.

To install for the currently active kernel run the command corresponding to your distribution.

sudo apt install "linux-headers-$(uname -r)" "linux-modules-extra-$(uname -r)"
sudo yum install "kernel-headers-$(uname -r)" "kernel-devel-$(uname -r)"
sudo zypper install kernel-default-devel

Setting permissions for groups#

This section provides steps to add any current user to a video group to access GPU resources. We recommend using the video group for all ROCm-supported operating systems.

  1. To check the groups in your system, issue the following command:

  2. Add yourself to the render and video group using the command:

    sudo usermod -a -G render,video $LOGNAME

    To add all future users to the video and render groups by default, run the following commands:

    echo 'ADD_EXTRA_GROUPS=1' | sudo tee -a /etc/adduser.conf
    echo 'EXTRA_GROUPS=video' | sudo tee -a /etc/adduser.conf
    echo 'EXTRA_GROUPS=render' | sudo tee -a /etc/adduser.conf