This should be pretty straightforward, pacman search for it, if not, yay search for it, if not, try to find some other AUR for it. If none of that works, use the official binary blob from Nvidia.

Except there are no AUR releases for CUDA 11.7, nor is there any binary installer or binary package from Nvidia compatible with Arch. The 11.7 CUDA installer for Debian does work on a Debian system (I've tested), but it doesn't work on Arch Linux, it gives various errors relating to the compiler and other issues (if you force the compiler to work with --override).

How can I get CUDA 11.7 on Arch Linux?


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You can use an older version of the official cuda package. It has very few dependencies (gcc11, opencl-nvidia, nvidia-utils and python for cuda 11.8) so installing it on a recent system should work.

You can find old binary packages in the Arch Linux Archive: https://archive.archlinux.org/packages/c/cuda/, and install them with sudo pacman -U <package file>

You can also build an older version of the package. This way you can install that older cuda along with other versions.

For example, I installed cuda 11.8 by following these steps:

  • clone the cuda package repository: git clone https://gitlab.archlinux.org/archlinux/packaging/packages/cuda.git
  • cd cuda
  • find the version you want in git tag --list
  • load that version into your working tree: git switch --detach 11.8.0-1 (or git checkout 11.8.0-1)
  • edit PKGBUILD if necessary. I have changed the package name to avoid conflicts with the official package, changed the installation paths, and disabled the installation of files that conflict with the official package (anything related to pkgconfig or in /etc). Here's the diff:
diff --git a/PKGBUILD b/PKGBUILD
index e688b4c..0cffc67 100644
@@ -1,9 +1,9 @@
 # Maintainer: Sven-Hendrik Haase <[email protected]>
 # Maintainer: Konstantin Gizdov <[email protected]>
-pkgname=(cuda cuda-tools)
+pkgname=(cuda11.8 cuda-tools11.8)
 pkgdesc="NVIDIA's GPU programming toolkit"
@@ -83,84 +83,84 @@ build() {
   local _prepdir="${srcdir}/prep"
   cd "${srcdir}/builds"
   rm -r NVIDIA*.run bin
-  mkdir -p "${_prepdir}/opt/cuda/extras"
-  mv integration nsight_compute nsight_systems EULA.txt "${_prepdir}/opt/cuda"
-  mv cuda_demo_suite/extras/demo_suite "${_prepdir}/opt/cuda/extras/demo_suite"
-  mv cuda_sanitizer_api/compute-sanitizer "${_prepdir}/opt/cuda/extras/compute-sanitizer"
+  mkdir -p "${_prepdir}/opt/cuda11.8/extras"
+  mv integration nsight_compute nsight_systems EULA.txt "${_prepdir}/opt/cuda11.8"
+  mv cuda_demo_suite/extras/demo_suite "${_prepdir}/opt/cuda11.8/extras/demo_suite"
+  mv cuda_sanitizer_api/compute-sanitizer "${_prepdir}/opt/cuda11.8/extras/compute-sanitizer"
   rmdir cuda_sanitizer_api
   for lib in *; do
     if [[ "$lib" =~ .*"version.json".* ]]; then
-    cp -r $lib/* "${_prepdir}/opt/cuda/"
+    cp -r $lib/* "${_prepdir}/opt/cuda11.8/"
   # Delete some unnecessary files
-  rm -r "${_prepdir}"/opt/cuda/bin/cuda-uninstaller
+  rm -r "${_prepdir}"/opt/cuda11.8/bin/cuda-uninstaller
   # Define compilers for CUDA to use.
   # This allows us to use older versions of GCC if we have to.
-  ln -s /usr/bin/gcc-11 "${_prepdir}/opt/cuda/bin/gcc"
-  ln -s /usr/bin/g++-11 "${_prepdir}/opt/cuda/bin/g++"
+  ln -s /usr/bin/gcc-11 "${_prepdir}/opt/cuda11.8/bin/gcc"
+  ln -s /usr/bin/g++-11 "${_prepdir}/opt/cuda11.8/bin/g++"
   # Install profile and ld.so.config files
-  install -Dm755 "${srcdir}/cuda.sh" "${_prepdir}/etc/profile.d/cuda.sh"
-  install -Dm644 "${srcdir}/cuda.conf" "${_prepdir}/etc/ld.so.conf.d/cuda.conf"
+  #install -Dm755 "${srcdir}/cuda.sh" "${_prepdir}/etc/profile.d/cuda.sh"
+  #install -Dm644 "${srcdir}/cuda.conf" "${_prepdir}/etc/ld.so.conf.d/cuda.conf"
   # Install pkgconfig files
-  mkdir -p "$_prepdir"/usr/lib/pkgconfig
-  cp "${srcdir}"/*.pc "${_prepdir}"/usr/lib/pkgconfig
+  #mkdir -p "$_prepdir"/usr/lib/pkgconfig
+  #cp "${srcdir}"/*.pc "${_prepdir}"/usr/lib/pkgconfig
   mkdir -p "${_prepdir}/usr/share/licenses/${pkgname}"
-  ln -s /opt/cuda/EULA.txt "${_prepdir}/usr/share/licenses/${pkgname}/EULA.txt"
-  ln -s /opt/cuda/README "${_prepdir}/usr/share/licenses/${pkgname}/README"
+  ln -s /opt/cuda11.8/EULA.txt "${_prepdir}/usr/share/licenses/${pkgname}/EULA.txt"
+  ln -s /opt/cuda11.8/README "${_prepdir}/usr/share/licenses/${pkgname}/README"
   # Allow newer compilers to work. This is not officially supported in the Arch package but
   # if users want to try, let them try.
   # See https://docs.nvidia.com/cuda/cuda-installation-guide-linux/index.html#system-requirements
   # for official requirements
-  sed -i "/.*unsupported GNU version.*/d" "${_prepdir}"/opt/cuda/targets/x86_64-linux/include/crt/host_config.h
-  sed -i "/.*unsupported clang version.*/d" "${_prepdir}"/opt/cuda/targets/x86_64-linux/include/crt/host_config.h
+  sed -i "/.*unsupported GNU version.*/d" "${_prepdir}"/opt/cuda11.8/targets/x86_64-linux/include/crt/host_config.h
+  sed -i "/.*unsupported clang version.*/d" "${_prepdir}"/opt/cuda11.8/targets/x86_64-linux/include/crt/host_config.h
   # Fix Makefile paths to CUDA
-  for f in $(find "$_prepdir"/opt/cuda -name Makefile); do
-    sed -i "s|/usr/local/cuda|/opt/cuda|g" "$f"
+  for f in $(find "$_prepdir"/opt/cuda11.8 -name Makefile); do
+    sed -i "s|/usr/local/cuda|/opt/cuda11.8|g" "$f"
-package_cuda() {
+package_cuda11.8() {
   replaces=('cuda-toolkit' 'cuda-sdk' 'cuda-static')
   provides=('cuda-toolkit' 'cuda-sdk' 'libcudart.so' 'libcublas.so' 'libcusolver.so' 'libcusparse.so')
   optdepends=('gdb: for cuda-gdb'
               'glu: required for some profiling tools in CUPTI')
   local _prepdir="${srcdir}/prep"
   cd "${_prepdir}"
   cp -al * "${pkgdir}"
   # remove broken links
-  rm "${pkgdir}"/opt/cuda/include/include
-  rm "${pkgdir}"/opt/cuda/lib64/lib64
+  rm "${pkgdir}"/opt/cuda11.8/include/include
+  rm "${pkgdir}"/opt/cuda11.8/lib64/lib64
-  rm -r "${pkgdir}"/opt/cuda/{bin/nvvp,bin/computeprof,libnvvp,nsight*}
+  rm -r "${pkgdir}"/opt/cuda11.8/{bin/nvvp,bin/computeprof,libnvvp,nsight*}
-package_cuda-tools() {
+package_cuda-tools11.8() {
   pkgdesc="NVIDIA's GPU programming toolkit (extra tools: nvvp, nsight)"
   depends=('cuda' 'java-runtime=8' 'nss')
   optdepends=('perl: required by some NVVP plugins')
   local _prepdir="${srcdir}/prep"
-  mkdir -p "${pkgdir}/opt/cuda/bin"
-  mv "${_prepdir}"/opt/cuda/nsight* "${pkgdir}/opt/cuda"
-  mv "${_prepdir}"/opt/cuda/bin/nvvp "${pkgdir}/opt/cuda/bin/nvvp"
-  mv "${_prepdir}"/opt/cuda/bin/computeprof "${pkgdir}/opt/cuda/bin/computeprof"
-  mv "${_prepdir}"/opt/cuda/libnvvp "${pkgdir}/opt/cuda"
+  mkdir -p "${pkgdir}/opt/cuda11.8/bin"
+  mv "${_prepdir}"/opt/cuda11.8/nsight* "${pkgdir}/opt/cuda11.8"
+  mv "${_prepdir}"/opt/cuda11.8/bin/nvvp "${pkgdir}/opt/cuda11.8/bin/nvvp"
+  mv "${_prepdir}"/opt/cuda11.8/bin/computeprof "${pkgdir}/opt/cuda11.8/bin/computeprof"
+  mv "${_prepdir}"/opt/cuda11.8/libnvvp "${pkgdir}/opt/cuda11.8"
   # licenses
   mkdir -p "${pkgdir}/usr/share/licenses"
   ln -s /usr/share/licenses/cuda "${pkgdir}/usr/share/licenses/${pkgname}"

  • build the package with makepkg
  • install it with sudo pacman -U cuda11.8-11.8.0-1-x86_64.pkg.tar.zst and sudo pacman -U cuda-tools11.8-11.8.0-1-x86_64.pkg.tar.zst
  • change the PATH and CUDA_HOME in your shell so that other softwares use this version:
export PATH="/opt/cuda11.8/bin:$PATH"
export CUDA_HOME="/opt/cuda11.8"
  • It's not a sustainable and bad idea to use ALA for this kind of purpose. It would be better to try modify the PKGBUILD of the older version and build the package. I do wonder if it requires a certain old version of nvidia driver though.
    – Tom Yan
    Commented Jun 1, 2023 at 16:28

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