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Vulkan Best Practice for Mobile Developers

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The Vulkan Best Practice for Mobile Developers is collection of resources to help you develop optimized Vulkan applications for mobile platforms.


  • Create a collection of resources that demonstrate best-practice recommendations in Vulkan
  • Create tutorials that explain the implementation of best-practices and include performance analysis guides
  • Create a framework that can be used as reference material and also as a sandbox for advanced experimentation with Vulkan

Disclaimer: This project covers advanced Vulkan concepts. If you are new to Vulkan here are a few links to get you started:



Clone the repo with submodules using the following command:

git clone --recurse-submodules
cd vulkan_best_practice_for_mobile_developers

Follow build instructions for your platform below.


Supported Platforms

Tested on: Samsung Galaxy S9, Samsung Galaxy S10, Huawei Mate 20 Pro, OPPO R15



This project has some third-party dependencies, each of which may have independent licensing:

  • glfw: A multi-platform library for OpenGL, OpenGL ES, Vulkan, window and input
  • glm: OpenGL Mathematics
  • glslang: Shader front end and validator
  • HWCPipe: Interface to mobile Hardware Counters
  • dear imgui: Immediate Mode Graphical User Interface
  • SPIRV-Cross: Parses and converts SPIR-V to other shader languages
  • stb: Single-file public domain (or MIT licensed) libraries
  • tinygltf: Header only C++11 tiny glTF 2.0 library
  • vma: Vulkan Memory Allocator
  • volk: Meta loader for Vulkan API
  • vulkan: Sources for the formal documentation of the Vulkan API

This project uses the following 3D models. Each one has its own licence.

  • Sponza license with the following modifications:
    • All textures are converted to ASTC in .ktx format.
    • Converted to gltf using Blender exporter.

Models downloaded from Morgan McGuire's Computer Graphics Archive.


Vulkan is a registered trademark of the Khronos Group Inc.


All contributions are accepted under the same LICENSE.

Related resources

  • Mali GPU Best Practices: A document with recommendations for efficient API usage
  • PerfDoc: A Vulkan layer which aims to validate applications against Mali GPU Best Practices
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