Vuforia Creator App

The Vuforia Creator App is your developer companion app to capture data and test Vuforia targets. Download the powerful tool to collect data for development and test your targets when getting started to build your AR applications.

Install the App

Go to Apple’s App Store and download the app on your device. Your Vuforia Credentials are needed for some of the functions in the app but many of its functions don’t require any login credentials.

Device Compatibility

The app is currently available for iPads or iPhones only. A LiDAR equipped iPad Pro or iPhone Pro is required for scanning spaces. See Supported Versions for more details.


The Vuforia Creator App includes:

  • Capturing spaces and generating Area Targets out of the captured data.
  • Test-drive your Model Targets and Area Targets by detecting and tracking them.
  • Record Sessions for playback during app development and testing.

Vuforia Creator App

My Assets

When you open the app, the home screen lists all your assets in the All tab. Each asset is marked with an icon to indicate its type. The navigation bar lets you sort for AllArea TargetsModel TargetsSpaces, and Session Recordings.

  • Pressing and holding on an asset will bring up a menu to share, rename, or delete the asset.
  • Pressing once on a Model Target or Area Target will load it for testing.
  • Press the + icon on the lower right to import assets, capture area, or record sessions.


In the Account window, you can access relevant app information as well as logging in with your Vuforia Developer account. Logging in is only necessary if you wish to generate Area Targets from captured spaces.

Import and Test Assets

Import Model Targets and Area Targets to test them with the Vuforia Creator App.

  1. Press the + icon and select Import.
  2. The app has the parent folder Vuforia Creator. Place your databases in this root folder and select either the DAT file or ZIP file containing it to import and add it to your Assets. You can also import ZIP archives conveniently from your “Downloads” or “iCloud” folders.
    1. For Model Targets, upload the DAT dataset file or a ZIP with the file.
    2. For Area Targets, import the DAT dataset file and 3dt into a folder. The app can also read a ZIP package that contains the files.

      NOTE: When the Creator App imports from a ZIP, it will automatically create a folder where the database is extracted using the database name.

      NOTE: You need to use the mytarget_occlusion.3dt file here – which is a much smaller representation used for occlusion rendering only, and not the mytarget_authoring.3dt.

  3. After importing your database, the target will be added to the Assets overview from where you can load and test them.

Area Targets

Capture, generate, and test Area Targets in the Vuforia Creator App.

Capture Area

To scan a space, the device must have a LiDAR sensor. If the app doesn’t have the option to scan a space, a LiDAR sensor wasn’t detected. You will also need to be logged in to generate Area Targets from captured areas.


  1. To start a capture, press the + icon and select Capture Area. The camera will open, and you can start to capture your environment.
  2. Move the device slowly around and scan your space.
  3. When done, press Stop and choose to Save SpaceResume Scanning, or Delete Space.
  4. You have the option to save the captured area as a 3DT file or generate an Area Target from it right-away.
    • Saving as a 3DT file lets you transfer and import it for editing and generation using the desktop Area Target Generator. This can be helpful in situations where no Internet connectivity is available in the environment to be captured.
      NOTE: To test the Area Target, you need to select the option to Save as Area Target.
  5. For either saving option, you must provide a name for your Space or the Area Target to proceed.
  6. To generate your scan as an Area Target, you will need to log in if you haven’t done it already and press Continue.
  7. The Area Target or Space 3DT file will appear in your assets after completion. Use the filter option on top of the Asset Browser to find the assets.

Steps for testing Area Targets that were just generated or imported are identical to testing Model Targets. Refer to the next section on how to start testing, use visualization options, and create Session Recordings during testing.

NOTE: To test Area Targets on Android devices or the HoloLens see the Area Target Test App User Guide.

Model Targets

Test your Model Targets in the Vuforia Creator App by importing your Model Target.

Press the Model Target asset to start testing, point your camera at the object.

Use the tools from the ellipses button for:

  • Changing tracking mode.
  • Selecting outline color schemes and outline width.
  • Enable/disable the Session Recorder.
  • Cycling through the Guide Views if the Model Target has more than one of them.
  • Enabling static device tracking.

NOTE: To test Model Targets using an Android device see Model Target Test App User Guide.

Session Recording

Use the Vuforia Creator App to create Session Recordings of the objects and environments you want to develop an AR experience for. A Session Recording is a video with pose data embedded in the video file that you can use to play back in the Unity Editor. See Recording and Playback for more details on Session Recordings and Vuforia Play Mode in Unity.

  1. Press the + icon and select Record Session.
  2. In the camera view press the red record button to start or stop the recording.
  3. Provide a name of the recorded Session file.
  4. The Session Recording will appear in the Asset Browser window. From here you can long-press the recording to rename or transfer it to your desktop.

    NOTE: The recording cannot be played back in the app.

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