Error displayed when starting MATLAB on Linux systems using NVIDIA OR AMD graphics hardware

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I'm using Dell precision 7510 with preinstalled Ubuntu 14.04(I have the driver the NVIDIA). I just downloaded the MATLAB 2017a and I run into the following error. I just searched and found it's not just me who have the same problem. I wonder if this problem is fixable? To put it in another way, could I use all the features provided by MATALB with this error?
Thank you in advance, attached is the error infor
com.jogamp.opengl.GLException: X11GLXDrawableFactory - Could not initialize shared resources for X11GraphicsDevice[type .x11, connection :0, unitID 0, handle 0x0, owner false, ResourceToolkitLock[obj 0x413b9df1, isOwner false, <30fe5aac, af2eb55>[count 0, qsz 0, owner <NULL>]]]
at jogamp.opengl.x11.glx.X11GLXDrawableFactory$SharedResourceImplementation.createSharedResource(
at Source)
Caused by: com.jogamp.opengl.GLException: glXGetConfig(0x1) failed: error code Unknown error code 6
at jogamp.opengl.x11.glx.X11GLXGraphicsConfiguration.glXGetConfig(
at jogamp.opengl.x11.glx.X11GLXGraphicsConfiguration.XVisualInfo2GLCapabilities(
at jogamp.opengl.x11.glx.X11GLXGraphicsConfigurationFactory.chooseGraphicsConfigurationXVisual(
at jogamp.opengl.x11.glx.X11GLXGraphicsConfigurationFactory.chooseGraphicsConfigurationStatic(
at jogamp.opengl.x11.glx.X11GLXDrawableFactory.createMutableSurfaceImpl(
at jogamp.opengl.x11.glx.X11GLXDrawableFactory.createDummySurfaceImpl(
at jogamp.opengl.x11.glx.X11GLXDrawableFactory$SharedResourceImplementation.createSharedResource(
... 2 more

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Kushagr Gupta
Kushagr Gupta am 30 Aug. 2023
Bearbeitet: MathWorks Support Team am 30 Aug. 2023
This low-level graphics error is an NVIDIA driver issue. If possible, downgrade to a previous NVIDIA driver, such as the one that was on the system before the update.
1. Start MATLAB with 'nodesktop' AND the 'opengl' info command, and then open the desktop. This gets the right library load order for everything to work. Try to start MATLAB with the following command (in the Windows Command Prompt) :
>>matlab -nodesktop -r "opengl info, desktop"
This command starts MATLAB with "nodesktop" and the "opengl info" command, and then opens the desktop. The downside is you cannot start MATLAB in the background, or suspend (Ctrl-Z) and push it to the background (bg).
This might have to be used in conjunction with the "" library being incompatible which can be resolved using the workaround in the following bug report :
2. Downgrade from NVIDIA driver version 367.57 to version 340.98, a stable previous release:
3. Keep an eye out for new NVIDIA drivers on the NVIDIA website:
4. If it is not possible or preferable to change your graphics driver, use MATLAB with Software OpenGL. Open MATLAB from the Linux Terminal with the following command:
$ matlab -softwareopengl
You can set your preferences so that MATLAB always starts with Software OpenGL by executing the following in the MATLAB Command Window:
>> opengl('save','software')
You can always revert to your default graphics renderer with the following:
>> opengl('save','none')
Please refer to the following possible workarounds if the above does not resolve the issue:
1)  Hardware OpenGL Renderer Workaround:
         -  Create a file named 'java.opts' in the directory where MATLAB is executed with the following line added and start MATLAB:
        Please refer to the following documentation page for additional details about creating a 'java.opts' file:
2)  Painters Renderer Workaround:
         - Start MATLAB with the '-noopengl' startup option. This can be done by running the following command on the terminal:
matlab -noopengl
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Jean Pacifique Nkurunziza
Jean Pacifique Nkurunziza am 5 Jun. 2023
The "matlab -softwareopengl" command works very well. I had this problem but with this command no more problem. Thanks

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Willi Mutschler
Willi Mutschler am 12 Apr. 2020
I am on Ubuntu 20.04 beta and running the nvidia on-demand prime profile, and get the same error. I can solve this (see the Archwiki) by starting matlab from terminal:
Or (additionaly) you can change the EXEC in /usr/share/applications/matlab.desktop to:
Exec=env MESA_LOADER_DRIVER_OVERRIDE=i965 matlab -desktop
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Mustafa Melih
Mustafa Melih am 11 Nov. 2022
First line worked for me thanks a lot! (Ubuntu 20.04, Matlab 2022b, Intel Core i7, Nvidia 2060, Monster Notebook)
Oben am 24 Nov. 2022
I was not able to visualize data on scope tool because of this error. I copied "export MESA_LOADER_DRIVER_OVERRIDE=i965" into "/ect/environment" directory. I don't have to call it everytime now. Thank you so much Willi Mutschler and Felix Sch
My system: Ubuntu 20, Matlab 2022b, Intel Core 7, Nvidia 1050, Monster Notebook

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Willi Mutschler
Willi Mutschler am 26 Apr. 2020
Bearbeitet: Willi Mutschler am 26 Apr. 2020
I also ran into this issue on my Dell XPS 13 9360 which neither has a NVIDIA or AMD card, but an on-board intel graphics card.
I filed a bug report with MATHWORKS and they proposed two solutions:
  1. Create a file with the name 'java.opts' in the directory where MATLAB is executed (for me this is in '/usr/local/MATLAB/R2020a/bin/glnxa64') with the following line: -Djogl.disable.openglarbcontext=1
  2. If this does not work, then the above solution using export MESA_LOADER_DRIVER_OVERRIDE=i965 is working.
For me both solve my issue.
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Cyprien Tamekue
Cyprien Tamekue am 16 Jun. 2022
Bearbeitet: Cyprien Tamekue am 16 Jun. 2022
Thank you! The first option also works for me on Ubuntu 20.04.4 LTS. The matlab version is R2022a.
Sudip Kumar
Sudip Kumar am 31 Okt. 2022
Bearbeitet: Sudip Kumar am 31 Okt. 2022
Option 1 worked for me on Ubuntu 22.04 and Matlab R2022a. Thanks.

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Georg Beyerle
Georg Beyerle am 6 Okt. 2018
Same behaviour with R2018b on openSUSE Leap 15 with ATI Radeon HD 5450 graphics card.

Miroslav Flídr
Miroslav Flídr am 19 Apr. 2018

The problem is caused by changes in NVIDIA drivers 361.xx and newer and MATLAB reliance on driver behavior outside standard Linux OpenGL ABI (thus it's mainly MathWorks problem). These changes are described here . I could solve the problem by replacing the driver library from the official NVIDIA binary driver installer. First check the version of the driver used in the system, e.g. using nvidia-smi utility. Download the driver Then unpack the downloaded driver installer using the --extract-only installer command line switch. Finally replace the installed library file with the$VERSION file from the unpacked installer (the file must be renamed to

I already lost hope that the MathWorks will fix anytime soon this two years old bug.

Christopher Wong
Christopher Wong am 28 Aug. 2021
Bearbeitet: Christopher Wong am 28 Aug. 2021
For AMD GPUs on Ubuntu:
If you're using an AMD graphics card on Ubuntu (or perhaps some other flavor of Linux) and you are having this issue, or if you notice that MATLAB automatically switches to a software implementation of OpenGL, you most likely need to install the amdgpu-pro package, which includes all of the open-sourced drivers, plus a few of the proprietary drivers, mainly Vulkan. The Ubuntu software repositories only maintain a stable release of the amdgpu package, which appears to not provide enough to support MATLAB. I reccomend installing amdgpu-pro. AMD GPUs and drivers are very reliable in Ubuntu OS (much more so than NVIDIA). It's totally safe to install and I've never had any issues.
Set your OpenGL preference to 'none' in MATLAB so that it's automatically determined at the start of each session:
opengl('save', 'none')
Then close MATLAB. Now, go and find the latest AMD drivers for your GPU and OS here and download the tarball. Carefully follow the instructions they provide you to unpack and install the drivers (but don't take too literally their recommendation to use amdgpu-pro with their Pro series GPUs, it works for their consumer products as well, e.g., I have a Radeon RX 5700 XT). I recommend just going with the heaviest pro install option that includes the OpenCL components, i.e., run the installer by the following command:
./amdgpu-pro-install -y --opencl=rocr,legacy
Finally, reboot your system and open MATLAB. The output from the rendererinfo(gca) command should indicate that the renderer is using a hardware-accelerated version of OpenGL.
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Christopher Wong
Christopher Wong am 28 Aug. 2021
Bearbeitet: Christopher Wong am 28 Aug. 2021
P.S., I realize my answer isn't 100% focused on the original question (since @Yalun Wen's problem was with an NVIDIA GPU), but I ended up here through the same error key "Could not initialize shared resources for X11GraphicsDevice" and I noticed a few others mentioning AMD/ATI on this thread so I figured I'd drop my solution. None of the solutions posted here worked for me. I simply needed the additional driver components provided by the pro package.

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chao yao
chao yao am 15 Jan. 2019
I have the same issue with AMD Radeon VEGA 64, the 4th solution in the accepted answer works for me.

Abel Alvarez
Abel Alvarez am 1 Nov. 2022
Bearbeitet: Abel Alvarez am 1 Nov. 2022
Hello, I installed Matlab in ubuntu 20.04, I have HP probook with Device-1: Intel UHD Graphics 620 vendor: Hewlett-Packard driver: i915 v: kernel bus ID: 00:02.0 Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.13 driver: i915 resolution: 1366x768~60Hz, 1920x1080~60Hz OpenGL: renderer: Mesa Intel UHD Graphics 620 (WHL GT2) v: 4.6 Mesa 21.2.6 direct render: Yes
and I have this error, I can't run a graphical. I don't know that do
When I lauch matlab in the terminal appear this messenge
Failed to load module "canberra-gtk-module". I try install module canberra with following instructions
sudo apt-get install --reinstall libcanberra-gtk-module and other alternatives but the error persists
help me!!!
  3 Kommentare
Govind am 18 Feb. 2023
For me also the 4th option presented by Kushagr Gupta worked to get the graphics again.
Jean Pacifique Nkurunziza
Jean Pacifique Nkurunziza am 5 Jun. 2023
Try to open matlab in terminal window with this command:
$ matlab -softwareopengl
I had the same problem but with this command no more problem. Thanks

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Diego Blanco
Diego Blanco am 25 Jul. 2023
Bearbeitet: Diego Blanco am 25 Jul. 2023
I'm currently running Ubuntu 22.04 with Nvidia drivers and the "on-demand" prime profile. In this case, if matlab is run with
matlab -desktop
it defaults to software OpenGL. By forcing it to use hardware acceleration with
matlab -nosoftwareopengl -desktop
the error in question appears.
You can force it to launch using the dedicated GPU by running on the terminal:
switcherooctl launch matlab -nosoftwareopengl -desktop
The "switcherooctl launch" part is equivalent to selecting the option "Launch with dedidated graphics card" on the gnome desktop. More info here.


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