Introduction to libvdpau-va-gl

The libvdpau-va-gl package contains a library which implements the VDPAU library. Libvdpau_va_gl uses OpenGL under the hood to accelerate drawing and scaling and the VA-API (if available) to accelerate video decoding. For now VA-API is available on some Intel chips, and on some AMD video adapters with the help of the libvdpau driver.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS 12.1 platform.

Package Information

libvdpau-va-gl Dependencies


CMake-3.28.3, libvdpau-1.5, libva-2.20.0, and Mesa-24.0.1


Doxygen-1.10.0, Graphviz-10.0.1, and texlive-20230313 or install-tl-unx

Installation of libvdpau-va-gl

Install libvdpau-va-gl by running the following commands:

mkdir build &&
cd    build &&


To test the results, issue: make check. The tests must be run from an Xorg environment.

Now, as the root user:

make install


To allow libvdpau to find libvdpau-va-gl, set an environment variable. As the root user:

echo "export VDPAU_DRIVER=va_gl" >> /etc/profile.d/


Installed Programs: None
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Installed Directories: None

Short Descriptions

contains functions to implement the OpenGL backend to the VDPAU (Video Decode and Presentation API for Unix) API