How to Enable OpenGL
on Raspberry Pi

Setup Tutorial

Currently, ExaGear Desktop has started to support hardware graphics acceleration. This feature significantly increases performance of graphics intensive x86 applications running with ExaGear on RPi 2 and RPi 3. To enjoy this feature you should enable hardware graphics acceleration on Raspbian. For that, run the following command in the command line terminal:

Run this command open the configuration tool on Raspbian

You will see a blue screen with options in a grey box. Select the option “Update this tool to the latest version”. An updating process will start, so you need to wait until it’s finished.

Choose the update option and wait till update is performed

When the blue screen with options appears again, find “Advanced Options”, select it.

Choose the advanced options

You will see the options menu. Here, you need to select “GL Driver”

Select GL Driver in the configuration panel

And, finally, choose “GL (Full KMS) OpenGL desktop driver with full KMS”.

Choose the OpenGL desktop driver with full KMS option

Select “Ok” and then “Finish” and raspi-config tool will ask you if you would like to reboot. Select to reboot the system and apply configuration changes.

This is it.

If you’d like to learn more on how to use OpenGL hardware acceleration for playing PC games, learn our articles about Raspberry Pi Gaming and ways of using Raspberry Pi as an emulator for games.

  • Great! Now… why is that OpenGL hardware driver turned off by default?!