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Vulkan is a new generation graphics and compute API that provides high-efficiency, cross-platform access to modern GPUs used in a wide variety of devices from PCs and consoles to mobile phones and embedded platforms.

Vulkan 1.1 is Here!

The Vulkan 1.1 specification was launched on March 7th, 2018, to expand Vulkan’s core functionality with developer-requested features, such as subgroup operations, while integrating a wide range of proven extensions from Vulkan 1.0. Below you will find everything you need to come up to speed on Vulkan and to forge ahead and explore whether Vulkan is right for your engine or application.


Vulkan 1.1 Material

Press Release Specification Samples Guide Subgroup Tutorial Launch Presentation Merchandise


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“With enhanced developer tools, rigorous conformance testing and the public Vulkan Ecosystem Forum, Khronos is delivering on its goal to develop a complete and vibrant Vulkan ecosystem. Vulkan 1.1 is a response to prioritized industry requests and shows our commitment to delivering a functional roadmap driven by developer needs.”

Vulkan Drivers

Behind every great API are the drivers that bring it life on your GPU. Download the latest drivers for your system that now include Vulkan 1.0.

Demos & Samples

Download demos and open source samples to take your new Vulkan API for a test drive - and get a heads up on Vulkan resources.

  • ARM
  • Cinder
  • Intel
  • LunarG
  • MoltenVK
  • Qualcomm
  • SaschaWillems


Looking to take your game to the next level? Look no further: Here are several game engines that currently support Vulkan.

  • Banshee3D
  • Croteam
  • CryEngine
  • The Forge
  • IdSoftware
  • Intrinsic
  • Source
  • Torqeu3D
  • Unity
  • Epic Games
  • ux3d
  • Xenko

Developers – Get your Vulkan SDK

The Vulkan SDK provides Vulkan application developers with essential tools to accelerate the development process. There are Windows, Linux, and macOS versions of the Vulkan SDK.

Develop for Windows, Linux & macOS

Android SDKGoogle gives you everything you need to incorporate Vulkan into your Android games and other apps where graphics performance is key. Visit the Android developer website to download the API, samples, and documentation: resources to help you hit the ground running.

Develop for Android

Get Involved! Help Us Evolve the Vulkan Ecosystem

Khronos has placed an unprecedented amount of materials into open source so you can provide feedback, showcase your work, fix bugs, and extend Vulkan capabilities for the future. Get engaged AND show the world what YOU are doing with Vulkan.

Platform Vendors make your own SDK!

Want to create your own tools and SDKs for Vulkan? Here’s a link to Vulkan’s home on GitHub and to other resources you’ll need.

SDK creation materials in GitHub:

Vulkan Portability Initiative

To expand the number of platforms that Vulkan can support, Khronos has formed a Vulkan Portability Technical Subgroup within its Vulkan Working Group. This subgroup is tasked with developing specifications, open-source library code and tools, together with conformance tests to define and support the set of Vulkan capabilities that can be made universally available across all major platforms, including those not currently served by Vulkan – starting with macOS and iOS.

Learn more…

Implement Vulkan for your Graphics Hardware

Khronos welcomes any company creating graphics hardware or systems to implement and ship the Vulkan API. The Vulkan specification is free for anyone to download and implement. If you want to use the Vulkan name or logo on your implementation, and enjoy the protection of the Khronos Intellectual Property Framework, you can become a Vulkan Adopter.

Industry Quotes

“We are extremely pleased at the industry’s rapid execution on the Vulkan API initiative. Due to Vulkan’s cross platform availability, high performance and healthy open source ecosystem, we expect to see rapid uptake by software developers, far exceeding the adoption of similar APIs which are limited to specific operating systems.”

“Anytime we can converge on an idea, particularly an idea like Vulkan, which is made by the industry, is asked for by the industry, everybody gets stronger.”