Where to get OpenGL drivers?

Before reading or following any of the instructions below it is important that you ensure that your video card supports the OpenGL standard as not all video cards support this standard.

Windows 95 (OSR2), Windows 98, Windows 98SE, Windows NT, Windows 2000 and Windows ME users can obtain OpenGL drivers by any of the below methods.

  1. If your video card supports OpenGL it is very likely that the OpenGL drivers for your video card can be obtained from your video card manufacturer's driver page. You can find a list of video card driver pages on our Video Card drivers page.
  2. OpenGL drivers can also be detected and automatically downloaded using GLSetup utility found at http://www.glsetup.com.

Mac OS users can obtain OpenGL drivers by any of the below methods.

  1. OpenGL is included with OS 9 and OS X, and the latest updated drivers can be obtained through Apple's OpenGL website found at: http://www.apple.com/opengl.
  2. If a different video card has been placed into your PowerMac G4, iMac, iBook, or PowerBook computer, additional drivers and support for OpenGL may be required from the video card manufacturer. Links to video card drivers can be found on our Video Card drivers page.

Linux users can obtain OpenGL drivers and information by any of the below methods.

  1. OpenGL is a Linux system component and should be included with Debian, RedHat, SuSE, and Caldera.
  2. OpenGL hardware support for video cards may need to be obtained from the video card manufacturer's driver site. Links to video card manufacturers driver site can be found on our Video Card drivers page.

Does Windows NT 4.0 or Windows 2000 support OpenGL?

Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 2000 are included with OpenGL v1.1 libraries, but if OpenGL drivers are needed for a software game you must obtain the OpenGL drivers by following the above instructions. Earlier editions of Windows NT do not support OpenGL.

Additional information

  • See the OpenGL definition for further information and related links.