How to install hwdata in Ubuntu

In this article, we will show you how you can install the `hwdata` package in Ubuntu systems.
Captain Salem 1 min read
How to install hwdata in Ubuntu

hwada is free and open-source tool that provides hardware identification and configuration data. It comes with a database of configuration information such as PCI ids, XFree86/Xorg cards and more. hwdata is a great tool when you need to add hardware identification capabilities.

This tutorial has been tested on Ubuntu 22 Ubunut 20, Ubuntu 18, and Ubuntu 16


To follow along with this tutorial, you will need:

  1. A running installation of Ubuntu
  2. A sudo or root account.

Installing hwdata with apt

The simplest method to setup the hwdata package on your system is by using the apt package manager.

Start by updating your system packages as:

sudo apt-get update

Once updated, run the command below to install the hwdata package.

sudo apt-get install -y hwdata

The command will prompt you to enter the password for the sudo account. Proceed to provide the password and install the package.

You can also use the commands:

sudo apt install -y hwdata
sudo aptitude install -y hwdata

Uninstalling hwdata

To remove the hwdata package, you can run the command:

sudo apt-get remove hwdata

To remove hwdata configuration files and dependencies, use the autoremove command as:

sudo apt-get autoremove --purge -y hwdata

And with that, you have come to the end of this article.


In this short tutorial, we covered how to install the hwdata package in your Ubuntu system.

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