Vulkan RunTime Libraries: What is VulkanRT & Should You Remove It?

If you have just noticed about Vulkan Runtime Libraries and want to know more about it then you are at the right place. First of all don’t worry it is not any malware or virus. This means it is not going to damage your system so there is no need to remove or delete it.

A Vulkan Runtime Libraries is a collection of some software programs to provide one or more native program functions. Basically it consists of many different programs and functions which are commonly used by various programs. It enables a software program to execute with its complete functionality by providing the add-on program resources that are essential to primary program.

Vulkan Runtime Libraries

What is Vulkan Runtime Libraries

Vulkan Runtime Libraries is a type of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) which is used for computer graphics. An API is a group of subroutine definitions, protocols, and tools for the building application software. Saying a bit more clearly, it is a set of clearly defined methods of communication between various software components.

Runtime Libraries is a new graphic standard and a 3D graphics application programming interface like OpenGL, WebGL, Allegro, Mantle and Microsoft DirectX, which are used for gaming and better 3D performance. Let’s say Vulkan is the latest version of OpenGL if DirectX12 is latest version of gaming. It is intended to offer more balanced CPU/GPU usage and higher performance also. It is also a better distributer of work amongst multiple CPU cores.

I have already mentioned before that it is normal that there are Vulkan Runtime Libraries installed on Windows. It is more better if you are using Nvidia drivers or any other software that requires Vulkan Run time Libraries to be installed. In most of the cases it is self-installed automatically without seeking any kind of permissions.

If you are interested in playing computer games or using some other programs which require graphics, then I think Vulkan Runtime Libraries should be there in your computer. But if you are not interested in above mentioned areas then you should remove it from your system. If you decide to remove it then it can be difficult to reinstall it. As it is installed with graphic drivers so these would need the reinstallation first.

As Vulkan is a fairly new API, so there are not lots of games which supports it. Most popular games with the support for Vulcan rendering API are Quake, Dota 2, GRID Autosport, Doom, Mad Max, Warhammer 40,00: Dawn of War III, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, F1 2017, Rise of Tomb Raider, and Serious Sam Fusion 2017. Vulkan Libraries also supports newer games so if you wish to play these leave Runtime Libraries installed.

How to Uninstall and Reinstall Vulkan Runtime Libraries

If you are sure that you want to delete or remove Vulkan Runtime Libraries from the computer, then follow the steps which are mentioned below:

Step 1 – Type Run in the search box and then select the topmost result

Step 2 – Write “appwiz.cpl” and then tap “OK”

Step 3 – Find Vulkan Runtime Libraries in it. Right-click it and then select uninstall to delete it

If you have uninstalled it and then want to install it back then you have to uninstall the graphic drivers. Here are the steps:

Step 1 – Type “device manager” in search box and open it.

Step 2 – Find your graphic hardware device. Tick the “Delete the driver software for this device” after doing right-click your graphic driver and select “Uninstall device”.

Step 3 – Restart your PC and windows is going to install all missing drivers automatically.

In some cases it doesn’t, then go to Device Manager again, right click on video driver in your hardware device and select “Update Driver”.


I hope that now you a bit clear about Vulkan Runtime Libraries and what to do with it. So this application is never like a virus instead it tries to improve our visuals.


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