[HowTo] AMD Radeon (Mesa/ACO) graphics drivers

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Manjaro ships with stable and relatively up to date AMD mesa drivers if you are new to Linux/Manjaro you do not need to install drivers for your AMD card. As with all things Linux you have options though, you can switch drivers to a more bleeding edge release from the AUR or elsewhere, two reasons for doing this would be 1. you bought a brand new AMD card that is only just being supported 2. A new game is released which relies on an updated graphics driver. This page also addresses Freesync and a few optional tweaks.

Performance gains, and stability
I have run 1-2 benchmarks between options 1-4 here and have noticed small gains with the Git version of Mesa but nothing groundbreaking, there can also be new bugs introduced with development versions or even an update which stops your window manager from starting so just keep that in mind.

Driver Options

  • Default Manjaro mesa drivers (these have ACO enabled by default)
  • mesa-git from the Arch User Repo (development release)

Default Mesa
Manjaro, being a rolling release, updates to the latest stable mesa driver every month. This driver now uses the ACO compiler created by Valve, you also have the option of using the classic LLVM compiler. This is the best choice for most people.

mesa-git from the AUR

  1. Make a backup

  2. Install mesa-git and the 32-bit libraries from Add/Remove Software or Pamac CLI:

    pamac build mesa-git lib32-mesa-git
  3. Reboot and verify success by checking Mesa version:

    glxinfo | grep Mesa

Rolling back
To roll back use Pacman to install mesa again, which will remove mesa-git, also included below are the optional extras:

sudo pacman -S mesa lib32-mesa vulkan-radeon mesa-vdpau lib32-vulkan-radeon lib32-mesa-vdpau libva-mesa-driver lib32-libva-mesa-driver

Enable Freesync
To enable AMD freesync please see this guide:


Corectrl is recommended:

Closing comments

I hope you found this guide useful and it has prevented people from accidentally trashing their system, please send me any feedback to improve this page!


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