Step-by-step – Realtek rtl8812BU Ubuntu 16.04 Driver Installation Guide

July 26, 2020 | By the+gnu+linux+evangelist | Filed in: Tutorial.

GNU/Linux Ubuntu 16.04 Realtek rtl8812BU Driver Setup Guide

Hi! The Tutorial Shows You Step-by-Step How to Install Realtek rtl8812BU WiFi Driver in Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial LTS GNU/Linux.

And this Ubuntu Xenial Realtek rtl8812BU Driver could be supporting all the rtl88x2BU Chipset equipped Devices, as for instance the rtl8822BU one.

Especially relevant, as an Easy Alternative you could first try with the PPA rtl8822BU Driver Setup.

Moreover, this Realtek rtl88x2BU Driver Ubuntu 16.04 Setup should be working also after a Kernel Upgrade with the Dkms integration.

This Realtek rtl88x2BU Driver has been successfully tested with a Linux Kernel 4.4+.

Especially relevant: as an Alternative, you may see also the rtl88x2BU Linux Driver Setup Guide.

And following the Realtek Driver Suppor Documentation it may be working also for all the following Chipsets:

  • rtl8192EU
  • rtl8811AU
  • rtl8811CU
  • rtl8812AU
  • rtl8812BU
  • rtl8814AU
  • rtl8822BU

Please be aware of how this Driver is Not supporting all the Linux Kernels range, so in case of issue consult the available Online Documentation.

How to Install Realtek rtl8812BU Driver in Ubuntu 16.04 - Featured
  1. 1. Launching Shell Emulator

    Open a Terminal window
    (Press “Enter” to Execute Commands)

    How to Install Realtek rtl8812BU Driver in Ubuntu 16.04 - Open Terminal Shell Emulator
    Ctrl+Alt+t on Desktop.
  1. 2. Updating System

    So to Upgrade Ubuntu 16.04

    sudo apt upgrade
    Then reboot:
    sudo reboot
    And to check a Kernel 4.x is installed:
    uname -r
  2. 3. Installing Requirements

    Then to Install Required Stuff

    sudo apt install build-essential linux-headers-$(uname -r) dkms git
    Authenticate with the User Admin Pass.
    If Got “User is Not in Sudoers file” then see: How to Enable sudo.
    And then possibly to reboot:
    sudo reboot
  1. 4. Downloading Realtek rtl8812BU Driver

    Download Realtek rtl8812BU Driver for Ubuntu GNU/Linux

    Get Realtek rtl8812BU Driver for Ubuntu
    Grab the Zip Archive or clone it with Git.
    In this New Post Revision in addition to the default Cilynx Driver choice I’ve added also the Morrownr, RinCat, Aircrack-ng and Gnab eventual Alternatives.
    So in case, then see directly the Developer Github Documentation to Setup it!
  2. 5. Extracting Realtek rtl8812BU Driver

    And then Extract Driver Archive into /tmp (Skip in case of Git checkout)
    Possibly Double-Click/Right-Click on Package and Open with Archive Manager:

    How to Install Realtek rtl8812BU Driver in Ubuntu 16.04 - Extraction But if you are in Trouble to Find it out on Terminal then See: How to Access Downloads Folder from Browser. Or from Command Line:
    sudo unzip -d /tmp/ ~/Downloads/rtl88x2bu*.zip
  1. 6. Installing Realtek rtl8812BU Driver

    Then to Install Realtek rtl8812BU Wi-fi Driver for Ubuntu
    Access the Target Folder:

    cd /tmp/rtl88x2bu*
    Next to prepare the setup play:
    VER=$(sed -n 's/\PACKAGE_VERSION="\(.*\)"//p' dkms.conf)
    sudo rsync -rvhP ./ /usr/src/rtl88x2bu-${VER}
    Then add it to DKMS:
    sudo dkms add -m rtl88x2bu -v ${VER}
    Again build it with:
    sudo dkms build -m rtl88x2bu -v ${VER}
    Install it into DKMS System:
    sudo dkms install -m rtl88x2bu -v ${VER}
    Long last try to fill it up with:
    sudo modprobe 88x2bu
    Or in case, try Rebooting with:
    sudo reboot
    And you should successfully see your Wifi Adapter magically popping up from nowhere! :)
    Possibly, to load it at Boot time:
    echo 88x2bu | sudo tee -a /etc/modules
    Thanks to Randy C. Will inestimable Work!
  2. Congratulations, your Realtek rtl8812BU Network Device on Ubuntu 16.04 should be now nicely working!

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