Downloading and Unpacking


You can download the released versions of Mesa via HTTPS or FTP.

Our release tarballs are GPG-signed, and the public keys are available here: release-maintainers-keys.asc.

Starting with the first release of 2017, Mesa’s version scheme is year-based. Filenames are in the form mesa-Y.N.P.tar.gz, where Y is the year (two digits), N is an incremental number (starting at 0) and P is the patch number (0 for the first release, 1 for the first patch after that).

When a new release is coming, release candidates (betas) may be found in the same directory, and are recognizable by the mesa-Y.N.P-rcX.tar.gz filename.


Mesa releases are available in two formats: .tar.xz and .tar.gz.

To unpack the tarball:

tar xf mesa-Y.N.P.tar.xz


tar xf mesa-Y.N.P.tar.gz


Proceed to the compilation and installation instructions.

Demos, GLUT, and GLU

A package of SGI’s GLU library is available here

A package of Mark Kilgard’s GLUT library is available here

The Mesa demos collection is available here

In the past, GLUT, GLU and the Mesa demos were released in conjunction with Mesa releases. But since GLUT, GLU and the demos change infrequently, they were split off into their own Git repositories: GLUT, GLU and Demos,