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From wikipedia:Vulkan (API):

Vulkan, initially referred to as "glNext", is a low-overhead, cross-platform 3D graphics and compute API.

Learn more at Khronos.


Note: On hybrid graphics (NVIDIA Optimus/AMD Dynamic Switchable Graphics):
  • Vulkan is not currently supported by Bumblebee [1].
  • The Radeon Vulkan driver now supports PRIME [2].

To run a Vulkan application, you will need to install the vulkan-icd-loader package, as well as the Vulkan drivers for your graphics card(s):

Other drivers may be installed manually instead:

For Vulkan application development, install vulkan-headers, and optional vulkan-validation-layers.

Vulkan Hardware Database

The Vulkan Hardware Database provides user reported GPU/driver combinations. Supplying own information is possible by using vulkan-caps-viewerAUR.


Error - vulkan: No DRI3 support

If you get the message above, make sure to create the following file with the given content and restart your X. This should not be necessary on Wayland.

Section "Device"
   Identifier  "Intel Graphics"
   Driver      "intel"
   Option      "DRI"    "3"

Nvidia - vulkan is not working and can not initialize

Check if you have vulkan-intel installed, it may prevent Nvidia's vulkan driver from being detected.

 export VK_ICD_FILENAMES=/usr/share/vulkan/icd.d/nvidia_icd.json