List of augmented reality software

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The following is a list of augmented reality software including programs for application development, content management, gaming and integrated AR solutions. Another discussion about augmented reality software can be found in Herpich et al., 2017. [1]

Open source[edit]

  • A-Frame_(virtual_reality_framework), A Framework that adds HTML tags for most of the functionality in three.js and other JavaScript features as a superset of this lower level underlying 3-D framework
  • ApertusVR is an embeddable, open-source (MIT), framework-independent, platform-independent, network-topology-independent, distributed AR / VR / MR engine; written in C++; with JavaScript and HTTP Rest API (in Node.js). It creates a new abstraction layer over the hardware vendors in order to integrate the virtual and augmented reality technologies into any developments, products.
  • Argon, augmented reality browser by Georgia Tech's GVU Center that uses a mix of KML and HTML/JavaScript/CSS to allow developing AR applications; any web content (with appropriate meta-data and properly formatted) can be converted into AR content; as of November 2011, available for iPhone only.[2][3]
  • ARToolKit, an open source (LGPLv3) C-library to create augmented reality applications; was ported to many different languages and platforms like Android, Flash or Silverlight; very widely used in augmented reality related projects.
  • ArUco, a minimal library for augmented reality applications based on OpenCV; licenses: BSD, Linux, Windows.[4]
  • JavaCV, A Java/Android interface to OpenCV; licenses: GPLv2 [5]
  • ATOMIC Authoring Tool, a multi-platform authoring for creating AR applications on Microsoft Windows, Linux and Mac OS X operating systems.[6]
  • Goblin XNA, a platform for researching 3D user interfaces, including mobile augmented reality and virtual reality, emphasizing games; written in C#, based on Microsoft XNA Game Studio 4.0, BSD license.[7][8]
  • GRATF, open-source (GPLv3) project, which includes C# library for detection, recognition and 3D pose estimation of optical glyphs. The project includes application, which does 2D and 3D augmented reality.[9]
  • mixare (mix Augmented Reality Engine), open-source (GPLv3) augmented reality engine for Android and iPhone; works as an autonomous application and for developing other implementations.[10][11]
  • PTAM, non-commercial use only.[12][13][14]
  • DroidAR, open source (dual-license: GPLv3 or commercial) augmented reality framework for Android, featuring location-based and marker based AR.[15][16][17]
  • GeoAR, open source (Apache 2.0 License) browser for Android, featuring location-based AR and a flexible data source framework.[18]
  • BeyondAR, open source (Apache 2.0 License) augmented reality framework based on geo localisation for Android.[19][20]
  • Mangan, open source (Mango License) augmented reality framework based on Nano localisation for Android.[19]
  • ARma OpenCV-based minimal library for AR apps[21]


AR development toolkits[edit]

  • 8th Wall is a development platform for AR mobile applications with computer-vision based SLAM that runs on Android and iOS phones[22].
  • Layar SDK is an augmented reality SDK for iOS and Android apps.[23][24]
  • Catchoom CraftAR AR SDK is an iOS and Android SDK that renders Augmented Reality experiences with plugins for Cordova and Unity.[25]
  • Vuforia Augmented Reality SDK, formerly Qualcomm's QCAR, is a Software Development Kit for creating augmented reality applications for mobile devices.[26][27]
  • Wikitude SDK is an augmented reality SDK for mobile platforms originated from the works on the Wikitude World Browser app by Wikitude GmbH.[28] The Wikitude SDK was the first AR SDK providing a JavaScript API to work with augmented reality experiences.
  • MAXST AR SDK is an AR SDK for mobile and PC platforms. [29] It consists of five main features such as Image Tracker, Instant Tracker, SLAM, Object Tracker, and QR/Barcode Scanner.
  • Scangine, barcode scanner sdk with AR functions.
  • ARKit, an Apple SDK, currently designed exclusively for iOS 11+ app creation. Formerly Metaio, purchased by Apple in 2015.
  • ARCore, a Google SDK, currently designed exclusively for Android 7.0+ app creation.

AR content management systems[edit]

  • Asteroid [30] is a GUI tool for designers and JS developers to make ARKit apps.
  • Augment, a web based platform for managing 3D models and creating augmented reality experiences.
  • AugmentedPro Creator, included in the AugmentedPro software suite, is a stand alone PC software to create and manage Augmented Reality industrial applications.[31][32]
  • Blippbuilder, by Blippar, is a web-based system for creating AR experiences with image recognition.
  •, a web based content platform for building geolocation and natural feature tracking based mobile augmented reality.[33][34]
  • Catchoom CraftAR, a web based content management system to create Augmented Reality experiences coupled with Cloud Image Recognition.[35][36]
  • Hoppala Augmentation, a web-based content platform for creating geolocation-based mobile augmented reality.[37][38]
  • Layar Creator is a web-based AR CMS and creation tool for adding various digital media to flat surfaces with image recognition.[39][40]
  • TARTT, web based software to create, manage and publish Augmented Reality content by an integrated process with Adobe InDesign or other interfaces.[41]
  • Webcam Social Shopper, web based software for integrating apparel visualization on e-commerce sites.
  • WakingApp, a desktop-based AR and VR creation platform that features cloud-based library for distribution of content to dedicated mobile apps.[42][43]

AR for industry[edit]

  • AugmentedPro - a software suite to create, manage and play industrial procedures with Augmented Reality. [31]
  • HyperIndustry - an augmented reality platform to create and deploy step by step AR instructions with Object Recognition
  • Upskill Skylight - an augmented reality software platform with a line-of-site user interface for field service, manufacturing, and material handling [44]


  • FlipPin - memorise vocabularies through text and animated annotations of real-world environments[45]
  • zSpace for Education - interaction with 3D objects in lesson plans that align with Common Core[46]

End-to-end branded app solutions[edit]


Certain gaming devices, such as the EyeToy, PlayStation Eye, Kinect, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Vita and some mobile devices, use cameras to augment computer graphics onto live footage. The majority of AR software uses special cards which are read by the device to pinpoint where the graphics will form.

  • AR Games - a pre-loaded app on the Nintendo 3DS gaming console consisting of numerous AR games.
  • Bravely Default - Features an AR Movie Mode which recognises a series of AR Cards to display short augmented reality introductions to the playable cast and more.
  • Cool Stacks - a game developed by Marxent Labs for Speedway LLC, is an integration of an augmented reality game into a consumer loyalty application.[47]
  • Cybergeneration - a table top role-playing game by R. Talsorian, includes "virtuality", an augmented reality created through v-trodes, cheap, widely available devices people wear at their temples.
  • Dead Space - a video game in which a RIG worn by Isaac Clarke is thoroughly equipped with augmented reality technology, including a navigation system that projects a line along the best route to his destination, and a system that displays images, video and text in front of him. In conjunction with the game, an augmented-reality website called No Known Survivors was released in 2008.
  • E.X. Troopers - a video game with an AR Mode on the Nintendo 3DS version. This recognises AR Cards of characters to display them as well as numerous emotes and attacks when the player presses inputs.
  • Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F - a video game in which an option named AR Mode allows the console to project Hatsune Miku onto a Fiduciary marker. This enable her to sing as an Augmented Reality Vocaloid.
  • Hydrophobia - a survival-adventure video game from Dark Energy Digital features the MAVI (Mobile Automated Visual Interface), which is a tool used to enhance environmental geometry among other purposes.
  • Ingress - a location-based mobile game developed by Niantic Labs for iOS and Android devices where two teams (Resistance and Enlightened) battle for control of regions and landmarks.
  • LyteShot - an open source mobile gaming system that uses sensor-based technology to play digital video games, such as first person shooters, in the live action space.[48] It can also use smartglasses for interactive gameplay.
  • Pokémon Go - a free-to-play location-based, augmented reality game developed by Niantic for iOS and Android devices.
  • Jurassic World Alive - a free-to-play location-based, augmented reality game developed by Ludia for iOS and Android devices.
  • Raving Rabbids: Alive & Kicking
  • Spectrek - an augmented reality ghost hunting game.[49]
  • Star Wars Rebels - an augmented reality first-person shooter built by Blippar for the launch of the Star Wars Rebels TV show.[50]
  • Tuttuki Bako - a minigame system from Bandai is described as featuring augmented reality.[51]
  • Zombies, Run! - An interactive running game that is available on the Android and iPhone platforms. The player takes the role of "Runner 5", surviving in a zombie apocalypse era while trying to learn how it all started.
  • SooperpoP - A platform to upload and show location based content on Desktop Browser, iOS and Android devices in Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality, developed by Trium Designs Pvt. Ltd.



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