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Top 16 AR and VR SDKs Used in iOS Apps on the Apple App Store
Last update: 14 Jul 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, 71.44% have integrated Apple ARKit. This accounts for 82.35% of app downloads within the ar and vr SDK category.

Total Apps
22.10k
App Store
App Share
71.44%
App Store
Apps
20.41k
Games
1.69k
Total Downloads
41.30b
App Store
Download Share
82.35%
App Store
App Downloads
38.65b
Game Downloads
2.65b

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

Among all apps utilizing ar and vr SDKs, 16.68% 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
5.16k
App Store
App Share
16.68%
App Store
Apps
4.73k
Games
432
Total Downloads
93.77m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
83.43m
Game Downloads
10.34m

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

Among all apps utilizing ar and vr SDKs, 5.42% have integrated Snapchat Snap Kit. This accounts for 19.61% 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
1.68k
App Store
App Share
5.42%
App Store
Apps
1.25k
Games
431
Total Downloads
9.84b
App Store
Download Share
19.61%
App Store
App Downloads
9.09b
Game Downloads
742.87m

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

Among all apps utilizing ar and vr SDKs, 2.91% 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
901
App Store
App Share
2.91%
App Store
Apps
852
Games
49
Total Downloads
160.84m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
157.94m
Game Downloads
2.91m

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

Among all apps utilizing ar and vr SDKs, 2.79% 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
863
App Store
App Share
2.79%
App Store
Apps
685
Games
178
Total Downloads
17.76m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
12.46m
Game Downloads
5.30m

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

Among all apps utilizing ar and vr SDKs, 2.03% have integrated Faceunity. This accounts for 1.76% of app downloads within the ar and vr SDK category.

Total Apps
629
App Store
App Share
2.03%
App Store
Apps
625
Games
4
Total Downloads
882.07m
App Store
Download Share
1.76%
App Store
App Downloads
784.73m
Game Downloads
97.34m

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

Among all apps utilizing ar and vr SDKs, 1.20% 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
371
App Store
App Share
1.20%
App Store
Apps
370
Games
1
Total Downloads
1.14m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
1.14m
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% of app downloads within the ar and vr SDK category.

Total Apps
243
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
224
Games
19
Total Downloads
416.22m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
416.00m
Game Downloads
227.73k

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
190
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
190
Games
0
Total Downloads
8.76m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
8.76m
Game Downloads
0

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
129
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
124
Games
5
Total Downloads
9.21m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
9.20m
Game Downloads
9.80k

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
100
Games
1
Total Downloads
96.97m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
96.71m
Game Downloads
261.88k

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
39
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
39
Games
0
Total Downloads
1.85m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
1.85m
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
23
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
23
Games
0
Total Downloads
238.14k
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
238.14k
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
24.79k
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
24.79k
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
308.97k
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
308.97k
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
2
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
2
Games
0
Total Downloads
4.71k
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
4.71k
Game Downloads
0

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

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How does 42matters collect this data?'

We’ve developed a number of machine learning algorithms that scan millions of mobile and connected TV (CTV) applications on a regular basis. In addition, we collect ground truth app performance intelligence and use this data to build statistical models that estimate the performance of apps for which we do not have ground truth data.

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We track over 2,300 of the most popular SDKs integrated in iOS and Android apps. We collect a variety of SDK insights (title, platform, ID, category, and developer website); performance metrics (the number of apps that have installed each SDK, installation and removal trends, and app downloads); market share statistics (including market share per app category); and more!

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