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Platforms and Drivers
Mesa is primarily developed and used on Linux systems. But there's also
support for Windows, other flavors of Unix and other systems such as
Haiku. We're actively developing and maintaining several hardware and
software drivers.
The primary API is OpenGL but there's also support for OpenGL ES, Vulkan,
Hardware drivers include:
- Intel GMA, HD Graphics, Iris. See `Intel's
Website <>`__
- AMD Radeon series. See
`RadeonFeature <>`__
- NVIDIA GPUs (GeForce 5 / FX and later). See `Nouveau
Wiki <>`__
- Qualcomm Adreno 2xx-6xx. See :doc:`Freedreno
- Broadcom VideoCore 4 and 5. See :doc:`VC4 <drivers/vc4>` and
:doc:`V3D <drivers/v3d>`
- ARM Mali Utgard. See :doc:`Lima <drivers/lima>`
- ARM Mali Midgard, Bifrost. See :doc:`Panfrost <drivers/panfrost>`
- Vivante GCxxx. See `Etnaviv
Wiki <>`__
- NVIDIA Tegra (K1 and later).
Layered driver include:
- :doc:`D3D12 <drivers/d3d12>` - driver providing OpenGL on top of
Microsoft's Direct3D 12 API.
- :doc:`SVGA3D <drivers/svga3d>` - driver for VMware virtual GPU
- :doc:`VirGL <drivers/virgl>` - project for accelerated graphics for
QEMU guests
- :doc:`Zink <drivers/zink>` - driver providing OpenGL on top of
Khronos' Vulkan API.
Software drivers include:
- :doc:`LLVMpipe <drivers/llvmpipe>` - uses LLVM for JIT code generation
and is multi-threaded
- Softpipe - a reference Gallium driver
Additional driver information:
- `DRI hardware drivers <>`__ for the X
Window System
- :doc:`Xlib driver <xlibdriver>` for the X Window System
and Unix-like operating systems
Deprecated Systems and Drivers
In the past there were other drivers for older GPUs and operating
systems. These have been removed from the Mesa source tree and
distribution. If anyone's interested though, the code can be found in
the Git repo. The list includes:
- 3dfx Glide
- 3DLABS Gamma
- ATI Mach 64
- ATI Rage 128
- ATI Radeon 7000 - 9250
- Intel i810
- Intel i830 - i865
- Linux Framebuffer
- Matrox
- NVIDIA Riva TNT - GeForce 4
- S3 Savage
- Silicon Integrated Systems
- swrast
- VIA Unichrome