Intel GPU Tools
Intel GPU Tools is a collection of tools for development and testing of the
Intel DRM driver. There are many macro-level test suites that get used against
the driver, including xtest, rendercheck, piglit, and oglconform, but failures
from those can be difficult to track down to kernel changes, and many require
complicated build procedures or specific testing environments to get useful
results. Therefore, Intel GPU Tools includes low-level tools and tests
specifically for development and testing of the Intel DRM Driver.
Intel GPU Tools is split into several sections:
This is a collection of useful microbenchmarks that can be used to tune
DRM code in relevant ways.
The benchmarks require KMS to be enabled. When run with an X Server
running, they must be run as root to avoid the authentication
Note that a few other microbenchmarks are in tests (like gem_gtt_speed).
This is a set of automated tests to run against the DRM to validate
changes. Many of the tests have subtests, which can be listed by using
the --list-subtests command line option and then run using the
--run-subtest option. If --run-subtest is not used, all subtests will
be run. Some tests have futher options and these are detailed by using
the --help option.
The test suite can be run using the run-tests.sh script available in
the scripts directory. Piglit is used to run the tests and can either
be installed from your distribution (if available), or can be
downloaded locally for use with the script by running:
run-tests.sh has options for filtering and excluding tests from test
-t <regex> only include tests that match the regular expression
-x <regex> exclude tests that match the regular expression
Useful patterns for test filtering are described in the API
documentation and the full list of tests and subtests can be produced
by passing -l to the run-tests.sh script.
Results are written to a JSON file and an HTML summary can also be
created by passing -s to the run-tests.sh script. Further options are
are detailed by using the -h option.
If not using the script, piglit can be obtained from:
There is no need to build and install piglit if it is only going to be
used for running i-g-t tests.
Set the IGT_TEST_ROOT environment variable to point to the tests
directory, or set the path key in the "igt" section of piglit.conf to
the intel-gpu-tools root directory.
The tests in the i-g-t sources need to have been built already. Then we
can run the testcases with (as usual as root, no other drm clients
piglit-sources # ./piglit run igt <results-file>
The testlist is built at runtime, so no need to update anything in
piglit when adding new tests. See
piglit-sources $ ./piglit run -h
for some useful options.
Piglit only runs a default set of tests and is useful for regression
testing. Other tests not run are:
- tests that might hang the gpu, see HANG in Makefile.am
- gem_stress, a stress test suite. Look at the source for all the
- testdisplay is only run in the default mode. testdisplay has tons of
options to test different kms functionality, again read the source for
Common helper functions and headers used by the other tools.
Manpages, unfortunately rather incomplete.
This is a collection of debugging tools that had previously been
built with the 2D driver but not shipped. Some distros were hacking
up the 2D build to ship them. Instead, here's a separate package for
people debugging the driver.
These tools generally must be run as root, safe for the ones that just
This tool is to be used to do shader debugging. It acts like a
debug server accepting connections from debug clients such as
mesa. The connections is made with unix domain sockets, and at some
point it would be nice if this directory contained a library for
initiating connections with debug clients..
The debugger must be run as root: "sudo debugger/eudb"
Contains the automatically generated intel-gpu-tools libraries
reference documentation in docs/reference/. You need to have the
gtk-doc tools installed and use the "--enable-gtk-doc" configure flag
to generate this API documentation.
To regenerate the html files when updating documentation, use:
$ make clean -C docs && make -C docs
If you've added/changed/removed a symbol or anything else that changes
the overall structure or indexes, this needs to be reflected in
intel-gpu-tools-sections.txt. Entirely new sections will also need to be
added to intel-gpu-tools-docs.xml in the appropriate place.
This is a non-exhaustive list of package dependencies required for building
everything (package names may vary):