What are Vulkan Runtime Libraries? Why Do You Need This On Your PC?


Have you ever been across the Vulkan Runtime Libraries and got panicked? What is it really? Why is that even available on your system? Well, the first thing you need to understand is that it is not at all a malicious software. Then What is it? This is basically a cross platform API solely for computation and 3D graphics. It is developed by Khronos Group and the sole target of this is the real time sophisticated softwares like multimedia and video games.

Beside various already available cross platform API like Metal, OpenGL and others, it has been noticed that it is more efficient and the CPU(Central Processing Unit) as well as GPU(Graphic Processing Unit) usage are highly stabilized.  The other name of Vulkan RunTime Libraries is VulkanRT.

Official Websitehttps://www.vulkan.org/
Authors DICE(Digital Illusions CE AB), AMD (Advanced Micro Devices)
Repository(Control Version)https://github.com/KhronosGroup/Vulkan-Headers
OS (Operating System)Android, macOS, Linux, Windows, iOS, Raspberry Pi, QNX, BSD Unix, Nintendo Switch, Tizen, Stadia
Software Category3D graphics & Compute API
Software LicenseApache(2.0)

What next? What to do with Vulkan Run Time ?

As you have got the hint now that it is neither a malware nor a virus, so there is no harm in keeping that in your system. For the Nvidia, Intel, AMD driver users it is utmost probable that Vulkan Runtime Libraries are available in your system. Yes, I know that it doesn’t alert the user before its installation but you can keep it untouched since it has a highly productive CPU with multiprocessing potential. 


These Libraries are capable of storing all the information for proper functioning of the gamer’s system. This kind of graphic card optimization persuades the gamers to buy it because of the high quality graphics. All these features attract more players for selecting this company.

Where can you find Vulkan Runtime Libraries?

There are two ways which you can conduct for searching that in your system:

  • By opening the Start Menu, you can search by typing Vulkan in the search bar, if it is installed it will be visible to you.
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  • Secondly, you can even try to find it in the Control Panel. All you have to do is to select the Programs and Features option under the Program tab. If it is installed it will appear here.

In case of the users being gamers. It often happens that the Vulkan Runtime Libraries are already available in your system and in case you have uninstalled this from your operating system, you may find it very difficult to reinstall it again.

Can I delete Vulkan RT?

Well, in my opinion you should definitely not try to remove this file from your system because it is not a virus or malware. It is not at all harmful for the PC.

How to reinstall Vulkan Runtime Libraries?

There is only one way via which you can reinstall it and that is by upgrading the drivers. It is quite crucial for you to know the factor that the upgradation of the driver is only possible if the driver supports Vulkan. There are a list of Vulkan supporting driver that are mentioned below:

Now, you have to go to the website and do the following according to the instructions provided by them.

How to uninstall it?

As we have already alerted you that the reinstallation of this can be laborious for you. But if you still want to remove it from your system, consider the following guidelines:

  • Press Window + R button to open Run box
  • Now in the dialogue box, type appwiz.cpl and click OK
  • After you, Control Panel will pop up and here you have to find Vulkan Run Time Libraries
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  • Select Uninstall option for the permanent removal of the software. Now, restart your PC and check if it is removed or not.

What if multiple versions of Vulkan Run Time Libraries are available?

If you are finding several versions of Vulkan then there is nothing to stress about it. You can remove it from your system as per your requirement. Even if you want to leave it unaffected there is no big issue. But for some users, they can find it spacious, so they are freely allowed to remove the previous version, since Vulkan is not good at replacing the previous with the latest version. 

multiple vulkan libraries

You can follow the above mentioned steps for uninstalling the old versions. If you are confused among the various versions available in your PC, then you can use the Nvidia Download Drivers Page for identification of the latest one. 


I know all these sound quite hectic for a not so tech-savvy person but there is no problem even with the multiple versions’ availability.

Lastly, I hope this article has helped you in learning and gaining all the essential information of Vulkan Runtime Libraries like how to install, remove or reinstall that in your system. If you have any queries related to this, feel free to mention in the comment box. We’ll definitely pop up with the most beneficial solutions for you.

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