Install and use vulkan on Zesty Zapus

Vulkan installation

sudo apt-get install libvulkan1 libvulkan-dev mesa-vulkan-drivers vulkan-utils

Example Makefile

You need to link the vulkan loader (LDFLAG: -lvulkan).

src = $(wildcard src/*.cc)
obj = $(
bin = test

CXXFLAGS = -pedantic -Wall
LDFLAGS = -lvulkan

$(bin): $(obj)
 $(CXX) -o $@ $(obj) $(LDFLAGS)

.PHONY: clean
 rm -f $(bin) $(obj)


Layers can intercept most parts of Vulkan and add functionality such as logging, tracing, providing diagnostics etc. Here’s a quick way to enable them.

  1. download this source code somewhere
  2. cd Vulkan-LoaderAndValidationLayers
  3. mkdir -p build
  4. cd build
  5. cmake .. -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Debug
  6. make
  7. Create a directory for the layers somewhere eg in <your_project_dir>/data/vulkan
  8. cp -r layers/* <your_project_dir>/data/vulkan
  9. export VK_LAYER_PATH=<your_project_dir>/data/vulkan

you can now use layers in your project!

If you need to use Vulkan for graphics on an Intel GPU you might need to edit (or create) your xorg.conf to have these lines:

Section "Device"
    Identifier "Intel Graphics"
    Driver "intel"
    Option "SwapBuffersWait" "0"
    Option "DRI" "3"

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