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Top 16 AR and VR SDKs Used in iOS Apps on the Apple App Store
Last update: 24 Feb 2024 CET
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Top 16 AR and VR SDKs Used in iOS Apps on the Apple App Store

We at 42matters have identified the 16 most popular AR and VR SDKs leveraged by iOS apps available on the iOS app market.

AR and VR SDKs enable app deverlopers to integrate augmented and virtual reality elements into their mobile apps, without having to build them from scratch. These SDKs offer features like 3D object rendering, spatial mapping, motion tracking, gesture recognition, and more.

This list is based on our analysis of the millions of mobile applications – and the 2,300+ SDKs they use – that constitute the vast inventory of the Apple App Store. The accompanying data provides readers with a glimpse into the rich mobile application insights generated by the 42matters technology. This data is also available via our APIs, file dumps, Explorer, and SDK Explorer.

The intended purpose of this article is to assist app builders in their search for the perfect AR and VR SDK to leverage in their app, as well as to give SDK developers insight into their biggest competitors and potential customers. This data collected by our technology may also serve as a useful tool for folks researching the wider mobile app market.

Among all apps utilizing ar and vr SDKs, 73.17% have integrated Apple ARKit. This accounts for 81.88% of app downloads within the ar and vr SDK category.

Total Apps
21.77k
App Store
App Share
73.17%
App Store
Apps
20.10k
Games
1.67k
Total Downloads
41.38b
App Store
Download Share
81.88%
App Store
App Downloads
38.19b
Game Downloads
3.19b

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Apple ARKit.

Among all apps utilizing ar and vr SDKs, 12.71% have integrated Vuforia. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the ar and vr SDK category.

Vuforia is a comprehensive, scalable enterprise AR platform. Our wide-ranging SDK suite ensures that we can provide the right AR technology to every customer based on their business needs.

Total Apps
3.78k
App Store
App Share
12.71%
App Store
Apps
3.46k
Games
318
Total Downloads
63.01m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
58.84m
Game Downloads
4.17m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Vuforia.

Among all apps utilizing ar and vr SDKs, 5.86% have integrated Snapchat Snap Kit. This accounts for 18.96% of app downloads within the ar and vr SDK category.

The Snapchat SDK that lets you easily talk with friends, view Live Stories from around the world, and explore news in Discover.

Total Apps
1.74k
App Store
App Share
5.86%
App Store
Apps
1.27k
Games
470
Total Downloads
9.58b
App Store
Download Share
18.96%
App Store
App Downloads
8.83b
Game Downloads
755.17m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Snapchat Snap Kit.

Among all apps utilizing ar and vr SDKs, 3.40% have integrated Google VR Cardboard. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the ar and vr SDK category.

The open-source Cardboard SDK allows you to build immersive cross-platform VR experiences for Android and iOS. With essential VR features such as motion tracking, stereoscopic rendering, and user interaction, you can build entirely new VR experiences or enhance existing apps that support VR.

Total Apps
1.01k
App Store
App Share
3.40%
App Store
Apps
828
Games
184
Total Downloads
19.50m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
13.16m
Game Downloads
6.34m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Google VR Cardboard.

Among all apps utilizing ar and vr SDKs, 3.17% have integrated EasyAR. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the ar and vr SDK category.

EasyAR Sense is a standalone SDK. It provides a flexible, dataflow-oriented, component-based API that does not depend on any non-system libraries.

Total Apps
943
App Store
App Share
3.17%
App Store
Apps
895
Games
48
Total Downloads
166.05m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
162.36m
Game Downloads
3.70m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use EasyAR.

Among all apps utilizing ar and vr SDKs, 2.14% have integrated Faceunity. This accounts for 1.90% of app downloads within the ar and vr SDK category.

Total Apps
636
App Store
App Share
2.14%
App Store
Apps
632
Games
4
Total Downloads
960.79m
App Store
Download Share
1.90%
App Store
App Downloads
864.87m
Game Downloads
95.91m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Faceunity.

Among all apps utilizing ar and vr SDKs, 1.25% have integrated Wikitude. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the ar and vr SDK category.

Wikitude is the leading cross-platform augmented reality SDK for phones, tablets, and smart glasses.

Total Apps
373
App Store
App Share
1.25%
App Store
Apps
372
Games
1
Total Downloads
1.45m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
1.45m
Game Downloads
0

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Wikitude.

Among all apps utilizing ar and vr SDKs, <1% have integrated Google AR Core. This accounts for 1.00% of app downloads within the ar and vr SDK category.

Total Apps
230
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
212
Games
18
Total Downloads
506.47m
App Store
Download Share
1.00%
App Store
App Downloads
506.33m
Game Downloads
140.73k

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Google AR Core.

Among all apps utilizing ar and vr SDKs, <1% have integrated ARToolKit. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the ar and vr SDK category.

ARToolKit+ is an open source augmented reality SDK based on ARToolkit. It is a collection of software tools to help solve some of the fundamental problems in augmented reality, including geometric and photometric registration.

Total Apps
199
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
198
Games
1
Total Downloads
9.33m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
9.31m
Game Downloads
22.71k

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use ARToolKit.

Among all apps utilizing ar and vr SDKs, <1% have integrated DeepAR. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the ar and vr SDK category.

Total Apps
123
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
117
Games
6
Total Downloads
6.54m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
6.26m
Game Downloads
284.54k

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use DeepAR.

Among all apps utilizing ar and vr SDKs, <1% have integrated Banuba AR. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the ar and vr SDK category.

Total Apps
101
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
99
Games
2
Total Downloads
143.06m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
97.82m
Game Downloads
45.24m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Banuba AR.

Among all apps utilizing ar and vr SDKs, <1% have integrated Catchoom CraftAR. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the ar and vr SDK category.

The Catchoom CraftAR SDK offers image recognition and augmented reality tools.

Total Apps
46
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
46
Games
0
Total Downloads
1.75m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
1.75m
Game Downloads
0

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Catchoom CraftAR.

Among all apps utilizing ar and vr SDKs, <1% have integrated Kudan. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the ar and vr SDK category.

Kudan's Artificial Perception SDK fills a critical gap to harness the power of Artificial Intelligence. Kudan provides sensory functions to the brains of machines.

Total Apps
22
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
22
Games
0
Total Downloads
263.77k
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
263.77k
Game Downloads
0

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Kudan.

Among all apps utilizing ar and vr SDKs, <1% have integrated Aurasma. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the ar and vr SDK category.

Aurasma is an augmented reality SDK. It is available as a software development kit or as a free app for iOS and Android-based mobile devices. Aurasma's image recognition technology uses a smartphone's or tablet's camera to recognize real world images and then overlay media on top of them in the form of animations, videos, 3D models and web pages.

Total Apps
4
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
4
Games
0
Total Downloads
24.81k
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
24.81k
Game Downloads
0

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Aurasma.

Among all apps utilizing ar and vr SDKs, <1% have integrated Blippar. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the ar and vr SDK category.

Total Apps
4
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
4
Games
0
Total Downloads
319.42k
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
319.42k
Game Downloads
0

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Blippar.

Among all apps utilizing ar and vr SDKs, <1% have integrated Layar. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the ar and vr SDK category.

Layar is an SDK that allows you to turn flat two-dimensional images into augmented reality.

Total Apps
3
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
3
Games
0
Total Downloads
10.47k
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
10.47k
Game Downloads
0

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Layar.

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