What is VulkanRT? Why It is Required? What Happens If Removed?

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If you are reading this, that means you are looking for information about Vulkan Runtime Libraries. This article includes all the necessary details about VulkanRT Libraries that you need to know.

What is VulkanRT?

First of all, the question that comes to our mind is, what are the Vulkan Runtime Libraries?. Well, it is a graphics API that is also known as VulkanRT. If you are a frequent game player, then you must have come across DirectX or OpenGL.


VulkanRT Libraries are cross-platform graphics API that helps to improve the performance of games and provide fair usage of GPU and CPU. Even though not all video games use this library, but new games use this driver module. It lowers the troubles of game developers to maximize the performance of the video games by reducing the GPU usage. Well, known games like Dota 2 and Rise of the Tomb Raider use VulkanRT library to minimize the use of GPU.

Why GPU Manufactures Require VulkanRT?

It is so popular now that many GPU manufacturers have a requirement of this library to be installed on systems to play games.

  1. Efficient multi-threading allows for smooth game performance
  2. Lower overhead ensures minimal GPU usage
  3. A simpler graphics driver
  4. Better control over the graphics hardware
  5. Open and modern architecture
  6. Cross-platform with support for Windows, Linux, and Android
  7. Supports iOS and Mac OS through third-party solutions

List of Games That Uses VulkanRT Libraries

These are the games that use this library:

TitleRelease DateVulkan support since
Apocalypse: The GameNovember 1, 2017TBA
Breaking PointTBATBA
DCS WorldOctober 17, 2008TBA
Doom EternalTBATBA
Escape From TarkovTBATBA
ESSENCEApril 18, 2017TBA
GRID AutosportJune 24, 2014TBA
Quake ChampionsTBATBA
Star CitizenTBATBA
War ThunderDecember 21, 2016TBA
X4: FoundationsNovember 30, 2018November 30, 2018
Aerofly FS 2November 20, 2017June 6, 2018
ArtefactNovember 28, 2018November 28, 2018
Total War Saga: Thrones of BritanniaMay 3, 2018June 7, 2018
Astral CrownAugust 15, 2017May 24, 2018
Rise of the Tomb RaiderApril 19, 2018April 19, 2018
nGlide compatible games[90]November 7, 2009December 14, 2017
F1 2017November 2, 2017November 2, 2017
Wolfenstein II: The New ColossusOctober 27, 2017October 27, 2017
Ashes of the SingularityMarch 31, 2016August 31, 2017
Doom3 BFGOctober 2012August 12, 2017
X Rebirth VR EditionJuly 27, 2017July 27, 2017
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War IIIJune 8, 2017June 8, 2017
GeocoreTBAJune 1, 2017
Quake III ArenaDecember 2, 1999May 30, 2017
Galaxy on Fire 3 – ManticoreDecember 8, 2016May 18, 2017
Serious Sam VR: The Last HopeSeptember 20, 2017May 17, 2017
Ballistic OverkillMarch 28, 2017May 16, 2017
Mad MaxOctober 20, 2016March 30, 2017
Serious Sam Fusion 20172017March 21, 2017
Roblox2006March 15, 2017
Serious Sam VR: The First EncounterMarch 30, 2017February 8, 2017
Serious Sam VR: The Second EncounterApril 4, 2017February 8, 2017
Dream League SoccerFebruary 26, 2016October 14, 2016
Score! HeroAugust 6, 2015September 16, 2016
Heroes of Incredible TalesNovember 18, 2015August 20, 2016
Need for Speed: No LimitsSeptember 30, 2015August 20, 2016
Olympus RisingMay 3, 2016August 20, 2016
VaingloryNovember 16, 2014August 20, 2016
QuakeJune 22, 1996July 20, 2016
DoomMay 13, 2016July 11, 2016[
Dota 2July 9, 2013May 23, 2016
The Talos PrincipleSeptember 11, 2014February 17, 2016


Who Developed Vulkan Runtime Libraries?

The VulkanRT is an initiative of The Khronos Group who developed it back in 2014. Vulkan Runtime library was officially announced at Game Developer’s Conference in 2015.

Why is Vulkan Runtime Installed on My PC?

Vulkan RT comes bundled with NVIDIA and AMD Graphics Card drivers, and if you notice it be on your PC, you probably have updated drivers. If we upgrade the graphics card or update the drivers of the previous graphics card, it is installed on our PC because it comes bundled along with core-drivers of GPU.

If you have not upgraded the graphics card or updated the drivers or previous one and still have Vulkan RT. There is a possibility that you might have installed a new game on your PC, and it also comes as a bundled library in a few games as I listed above.

Few games require Vulkan Runtime library, and when you install those games, it is automatically installed on your system.

Should You Keep or Remove VulkanRT?

As I mentioned above, Vulkan comes bundled with games, software, or drivers and is necessary for those applications to run. So, if you’re concerned about it showing up out of nowhere, you can rest assured that it is not a harmful program.

Vulkan is a necessary software for 3D apps like games and graphics renderers. If you have not installed it manually, then you shouldn’t remove it because then it is installed as bundles library with some game or software you install. If it still wants to remove it, then there could be issues when you run a particular set of software that requires it. It is also a possibility that those apps (games or 3d rendering software) software may not even open.

If you remove this library, you may face the following problems:

  1. Unable to set the desired screen resolution
  2. Poor HD video rendering
  3. Overhead GPU causing crashes and glitches
  4. Unable to play newer games

If you have third-party antivirus software installed on your system and it says VulkanRT looks suspicious, you can ignore this warning.


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