Installation via APT (Ubuntu)

APT Packages

Drake publishes pre-compiled binaries as APT packages (*.deb) for the Ubuntu 22.04 (Jammy) and Ubuntu 24.04 (Noble) operating systems. Refer to Supported Configurations for additional compatibility details.

To learn about other installation methods, refer to Installation and Quickstart.

If you experience any problems with or have questions about Drake, please ask for help.

Drake binary releases incorporate a pre-compiled version of SNOPT as part of the Mathematical Program toolbox. Thanks to Philip E. Gill and Elizabeth Wong for their kind support.

Drake’s apt packages do not support the Gurobi solver. To use Gurobi, you will need to build Drake from source following the instructions in Source Installation.

Stable Releases

To add the Drake APT repository to your machine and install the drake-dev package, please do the following in order:

If you are using a minimal cloud or container image, you may need to install the following packages:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends \
  ca-certificates gnupg lsb-release wget

Download a copy of the Drake GPG signing key and add it to an APT trusted keychain:

wget -qO- | gpg --dearmor - \
  | sudo tee /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/drake.gpg >/dev/null

Add the Drake repository to your APT sources list:

echo "deb [arch=amd64]$(lsb_release -cs) $(lsb_release -cs) main" \
  | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/drake.list >/dev/null

Update your local APT package index and install the drake-dev package:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends drake-dev

Most content installs to /opt/drake, so setting the following environment variables may be useful:

  export PATH="/opt/drake/bin${PATH:+:${PATH}}"
  export PYTHONPATH="/opt/drake/lib/python$(python3 -c 'import sys; print("{0}.{1}".format(*sys.version_info))')/site-packages${PYTHONPATH:+:${PYTHONPATH}}"

Refer to Quickstart for next steps.

Nightly Releases

Unsigned nightly apt packages of Drake for Ubuntu 22.04 (Jammy) and Ubuntu 24.04 (Noble) are available to download at:

Older packages for specific dates are available by replacing latest with an 8-digit date, e.g., 20220721 for July 21st, 2022.

Nightly packages are retained for 56 days from their date of creation.

For installing a nightly apt package, download the archive and install it directly:

  sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends ./drake-dev_latest-1_amd64-jammy.deb