How To Check the graphics card type and OpenGL version

In this tutorial, learn how to check the graphics card type and OpenGL version.

Let me explain first what is OpenGL?

OpenGL (Open Graphics Library) is a cross-language, cross-platform application programming interface (API) for rendering 2D and 3D vector graphics. The API is typically used to interact with a graphics processing unit (GPU), to achieve hardware-accelerated rendering. OpenGL drivers are usually installed together with the rest of the graphics driver and support software (such as DirectX).

Here are the steps to check the version of OpenGL running and the type of graphics card installed on the system.

How to find graphics card information on a Windows 10 PC

To check the graphics card manufacturer and model using the Settings app, use these steps:

1. Press Windows Key + R then type “dxdiag” in the Run dialog box and click OK.

2. When the DirectX Diagnostic Tool window appears, click the Display tab.

3. Under the Device section, find out the manufacturer and processor type of the graphics card.

How to verify the supported OpenGL versions of the graphics card

The OpenGL Extensions Viewer is a free application designed by Realtech VR. The viewer displays the vendor name, the version implemented, the renderer name and the extensions of the current OpenGL 3D accelerator. Moreover, it also provides tools to update or test the graphics card driver.

To check the supported OpenGL versions of the graphic card, follow these steps:

1. Download and install the OpenGL Extensions Viewer to determine the OpenGL version on your computer.

Download OpenGL Extensions Viewer for Windows from this source.

2. Once installed, launch OpenGL Extensions Viewer.

3. Under the OpenGL section, find out the version of OpenGL running on your system.

4. In the Tasks menu, click OpenGL Report and check the supported OpenGL versions in the Core features.

See this video, to illustrate this tutorial:

Hope something helps you.


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