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Nvidia Jetson FAQ

  • The initialization on the Jetson devices will take a couple of minutes.
  • Your Jetpack version should match the version used by our software.


Docker is an open source platform for creating, deploying, and running containers. Docker is included in JetPack, so running containers on Jetson is easy and does not require any installation.

How do I fix "Unknown runtime specified nvidia"?#

Make sure the Jetpack libraries are installed. And then restart.

sudo apt updatesudo apt install nvidia-jetpack

Or if you are on a storage constrained device:

sudo apt-get install nvidia-docker2 nvidia-container-csv-tensorrt

If the packages are not available, the nvidia sources may not be enabled. Edit vi /etc/apt/sources.list.d/nvidia-l4t-apt-source.list and uncomment the lines.

How do I run Docker as a non-root user?#

See those post installation steps.


NVIDIA JetPack SDK is the most comprehensive solution for building AI applications. It includes the latest OS images for Jetson products, along with libraries and APIs, samples, developer tools, and documentation.

I see error at the model optimization step. What do I do?#

If you see errors such as createInferBuilder_INTERNAL symbol not found., it means your JetPack version does not match the one used by the Docker image. Your options are:

  • Upgrade JetPack (see below).
  • Use a version of the software that matches your JetPack version (see below).

How can I find my Jetpack version?#

Install and run jetson-stats.

sudo apt install python3-pippip3 install -U jetson-statsjetson_release -v

How can I optimize RAM and storage usage?#

To free up RAM:

  • Boot in text mode sudo systemctl set-default In text mode, just after logging in, the device will use around 300MB of RAM.

To free up around 1G of storage, use

sudo apt remove thunderbird libreoffice* imagemagick chromium-*sudo apt autoremove -y
# If you do need a desktop environment, do the following:sudo apt remove ubuntu-desktop gdm3 untiysudo apt autoremove -y

How do I upgrade JetPack?#

Can I use a different JetPack version?#

If you use an older JetPack version, you can install an image that matches your version. See all the Stream tags available. And pick the one that matches your Jetpack. For example, if you use Jetpack r32.5.0, use the image platerecognizer/alpr-stream:jetson-1.25.1-r32.5.0.