Augmented Reality SDK Comparison

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2016-10-06 13:49:48

Augmented Reality SDK provide to developers the tools and libraries to develop more easily Augmented Reality applications (i.e: add AR technology to Android, iOS application...).

This Augmented Reality SDK comparison chart compares Augmented Reality (AR) SDKs and frameworks. Based on spreadsheet created by Gerhard Reitmayr and shared on the Augmented Reality Professionals Group on LinkedIn.

TypeiOSUnity (3D)MarkerNaturalFeatureWindows MobileWebPC/Mac/Linux3D Object TrackingGPSIMU SensorsVisualSearchFaceTrackingContentAPIDo you recommend?Website
D'FusionCommercial SDK onlyYesYesYesYesYes FlashYesYesYesYes 0
XloudiaCommercial SDK onlyYesYesYes MarkerlessYesYesYesPC/Mac/Linux via Unity3DYesYes OptionnallyYes OptionnallyYesYes but not for mobileYes REST 0
omniar.comCommercial SDK onlyYes 0
xpose visual searchCommercial SDK onlyYesYesYesYes via website or API 0
Zenitum Feature TrackerCommercial SDK onlyYesYesYesYes 0
ARMESCommercial SDK onlyYesYesPC 0
KoozytCommercial SDK onlyYesYes 0
LinceoVRCommercial SDK onlyYesYes 0
Luxand FaceSDKCommercial SDK onlyYes Facial recognition 0
Obvious EngineCommercial SDK onlyYesYesYes 0
ViewdleCommercial SDK onlyYesYes 0
ARcrowdFree- HTML5 BrowserNoYes Black / WhiteYes- HTML5 BrowserYes HTML5 BrowserNoNoNo 0
AndARFreeYes 0
Designers ARToolkit (DART)FreeYesYes 0
DroidARFree + Commercial SDK optionYesYesYesYesYes- can be added via opencvNoYes OpenGL or jMonkey Engine 0
HoloBuilderFree + Commercial SDK optionYes Native Unity AppYesYes QR codesYesYesYes (HTML 5 Browser)PC/Mac/Linux (HTML 5 Browser)YesYesYesYesNoYes 0
VuforiaFree + Commercial SDK optionYesYesYes Advanced + VUMarkYesYes Vuforia now available for windows app dev & also for MS HololensNoYes Only on box and cylinder and small size 3D objects tooYesYesYesNoYes With Vuforia Cloud 0
RobocortexFree + Commercial SDK optionYesYesYesYesYesPC/Mac/LinuxNoYesYes 0
AurasmaFree + Commercial SDK optionYesYesYes 0
Metaio SDK (now Apple inc)Free + Commercial SDK optionYesYesYesYesYesPC/MacYesYesYesYes Client-based +100 unique objects, cloud-based continuous visual search engineYesYes OpenGL support, in-house 3-D renderer 0
WikitudeFree + Commercial SDK optionYesYes 3D Tracking IncludedYes AdvancedYesYesYes BetaYesYesYes Cloud Recognition and Offline (on device)- Face DetectionYes with Wikitude Studio and Cloud Recognition 0
ARLabFree + Commercial SDK optionYesYes QR codeYesYesYes Support for thousands of images in pools of 50-60 imagesYes 0
CatchoomFree + Commercial SDK optionYesYesYes MarkerlessYesYesPC/Mac/LinuxYes Supports both cloud for very large collections and on-device search of hundreds of images (with no internet connection required)Yes 0
Kudan AR EngineFree + Commercial SDK optionYesYes With SLAMYesYesYesNoCros-platform development Unity3DYes SLAMYesYesYes unlimited local visual search (no network connection required)- Extensible with FT/FR Plugins 0
ARmediaFree + Commercial SDK optionYesYesYesYes- SoonYesARmedia supports PC/Mac and LinuxYesYesYesNo 0
PanicARFree + Commercial SDK optionYesYesYes 0
ARPAFree + Commercial SDK optionYesYesYesvia Unity pluginYesYes Soon 0
AwilaFree + Commercial SDK option- Under devYesYes 0
ALVARFree + Commercial SDK optionYes Tracks multiple markers; 256 possible markersYes Flash, Silverlight 0
Augmented PixelsFree + Commercial SDK optionYesYes 0
BazARFree + Commercial SDK optionYes 0
Beyond Reality FaceFree + Commercial SDK optionYes via Adobe AIR (ANE)Yes Flash-based and HTML5/JSPC/Mac via Adobe AIRYes 0
flare*Free + Commercial SDK optionYesYes 0
IN2ARFree + Commercial SDK optionYes via Adobe ANEYesYesYes Flash-based, Unity3DPC/Mac via Adobe AIR 0
instantrealityFree + Commercial SDK optionYes 0
MAXST AR SDK 2.0Free + Commercial SDK optionYesYesYesPC/Mac 0
StringFree + Commercial SDK optionYesYesYes 0
Win ARFree + Commercial SDK optionYesYes 0
yvisionFree + Commercial SDK optionYesYesYesYes 0
BeyondAROpen SourceNoYesYesYes 0
LibreGeoSocialOpen SourceYesYes 0
mixareOpen SourceYesYes 0
ARToolkitOpen SourceYesYesYes BasicYesYesPC/Mac/LinuxNo 0
ArUcoOpen SourceYes 0
FLARToolkitOpen SourceYesYes 0
Goblin XNAOpen SourceNoYesYesYes 0
MinervaOpen SourceYesYes 0
MXR ToolkitOpen SourceYesPC 0
NyARToolkitOpen SourceYesYesPC 0
osgARTOpen SourceYesYesYes 0
PRAugmentedRealityOpen SourceYesNoNo 0
SLARToolkitOpen SourceNoYesYes 0
StudierstubeOpen SourceYes 0
UARTOpen SourceYesYes 0
SSTTOtherYesYesYesYes 0
windageOtherYesYes 0
Microsoft Read/Write WorldYesYes 0
CortexiaYesYesYes 0
Google GogglesYesYes 0
ideeYes 0
snaptellYesYes 0
linkme 0
Morgan 0
Studierstube TrackerYesYesYesYes 0
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  • Augmented Reality SDK Comparison : This chart compares Augmented Reality (AR) SDKs and frameworks. Based on spreadsheet created by Gerhard Reitmayr and shared on the Augmented Reality Professionals Group on LinkedIn.
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  • Augment ( is going to launch their AR SDKs for omni-commerce.
    Posted 2016-10-13 11:07:07 by christina
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  • suggested on Vuforia to set Name to Vuforia
    Vuforia is sufficiently specific and the product is no longer owned or developed by Qualcomm.
    Posted 2016-07-08 08:09:57 by Eddie Offermann
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  • suggested on HoloBuilder to set Android to yes
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  • suggested on HoloBuilder to set Android to yes
    Posted 2016-04-12 19:25:07 by jjgomezs
  • Update: ARToolKit professional SDKs, previously only available under paid licenses, have been released to the open source community for free use
    Posted 2016-04-02 16:58:37 by Sanky
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  • suggested on ARPA to set Name to ARPA [DISCONTINUED]
    Website Gone
    Posted 2016-02-15 15:06:53 by howard
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  • suggested on HoloBuilder to set FaceTracking to no
    Posted 2015-12-11 11:17:46 by jutzizu
  • commented on Google Goggles
    Project Aura
    Posted 2015-09-30 18:55:28 by howard
  • suggested on Kudan AR Engine to set Name to Kudan Engine
    Posted 2015-09-30 18:55:06 by howard
  • suggested on Kudan AR Engine to set Name to Kudan AR SDK
    Posted 2015-09-30 18:47:59 by howard
  • AugmentedKit SDK is not in the list. Can be found
    Posted 2015-07-07 17:23:29 by andrea.lucent
  • suggested on Metaio SDK (now Apple inc) to set Name to Metaio SDK (now Apple inc)
    Posted 2015-06-04 14:13:57 by RA'pro
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    Hello Great job! I am interested to talk with you Olivier form
    Français Posted 2015-04-21 20:32:16 by RA'pro
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  • Super outils
    Français Posted 2015-01-12 10:59:58 by techprodi
  • voted for DroidAR (Vote)
    Posted 2014-12-08 08:56:26 by jutzizu
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  • suggested on Augmented Pixels to set Name to Augmented Pixels
    This is now, the company's name.
    Posted 2014-07-07 18:18:23 by jjn1977
  • commented on ALVAR
    Alvar in not for iOS
    Posted 2014-07-07 18:11:56 by jjn1977
  • suggested on Augmented Pixels to set Name to Augmented Pixels
    The company name was changed in August 2013. If you go to the website, you will see redirection.
    Posted 2014-06-05 10:33:03 by Dasha Gaioshko
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    cool but it need more comparation features of all sdk aumgmented reality.
    Posted 2014-04-05 16:32:21 by santiagojosimar
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    Posted 2014-04-03 00:20:59 by papajan
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    Great comparison
    Posted 2014-03-17 17:45:48 by jjn1977
  • Agreed, Metaio + Toolkit is the bomb for rapid Wysiwyg AR. Future uses of AR? Our Digital Surrogates - for LDRs (Long Distance Relationships)
    Posted 2014-01-31 11:08:23 by Dirrogate
  • Conjurare too
    Français Posted 2014-01-16 14:26:04 by Julien
  • Snap'n See is missing.
    Français Posted 2014-01-13 14:51:48 by Julien
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    Really useful to find the best tools that meet our project's criteria
    Posted 2013-10-21 01:47:11 by fathahnoor
  • Great comperison!! thanks!!! I'm looking for a solution for a system that will combine AR and QR. The System Requirements are: 1. scan qr 2. open cam to record (web, ios,android) 3. after record movie, confirm it. 4. scan the same qr and drow the movie been taken before. 5. point to a print and show the movie as ar. the system should work with a lot of QR, prints and movies. Doe's anyone have a suggestion with wich engine to work with? Thanks in advance.
    Posted 2013-10-15 00:24:35 by lets play
  • This + Toolbox for 3D tracking is awesome!
    Posted 2013-09-06 10:59:11 by bandit3dgfx
  • 3D AR tracking from Metaio is awesome....yes, we are living in a sci-fi movie!
    Posted 2013-09-06 10:48:43 by bandit3dgfx
  • @Geoffroy Lesage
    Thanks for your suggestion. I've added it to the comparison. Do not hesitate to fill all the missing info.
    Posted 2013-07-15 22:37:31 by Seralo
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    Posted 2013-07-15 17:58:17 by Geoffroy Lesage
  • Hi, Might I suggest PRAugmentedReality? Its for iOS and open source. But it seems you've reached the limit of cells you can have... its up to you if you want to hide some other cells... (Maybe Use examples or Blackberry as they only have 2 values each)
    Posted 2013-07-15 17:58:04 by Geoffroy Lesage
  • Posted 2013-07-12 17:36:41 by Metaio Junaio
  • suggested on Metaio SDK (now Apple inc) to set Name to metaio SDK
    Posted 2013-07-12 17:36:32 by Metaio Junaio
  • Why did you remove the Unity support column? It was very useful. Can you reinsert it?
    Posted 2013-07-11 17:31:55 by Rocco Paladino
  • Posted 2013-06-22 14:08:22 by Fernando F. Gallego
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    very informative
    Posted 2013-06-20 14:29:27 by ranjeet
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    Posted 2013-05-22 17:10:08 by Jeroen
  • voted for IN2AR (Vote)
    Great SDK
    Posted 2013-05-22 16:54:23 by Jeroen
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