Learn about the powerful NVIDIA® Tegra® mobile processor for Android, Linux, Windows and embedded systems and get the latest free mobile development tools to take your games and applications to the next level.

The NVIDIA Tegra processor powers NVIDIA SHIELD the most powerful Android gaming family on the planet, as well as some of today's most advanced smartphones, tablets and luxury vehicles. Tegra is a system-on-a-chip (SoC) comprising CPU, GPU and image, video & sound processing cores in a highly energy efficient package that runs a variety of operating systems. Look below for development information to help you get the most out of the Tegra processor.

Android Development

NVIDIA creates a suite of tools and utilities to provide a consolidated SHIELD SDK and professional Android development experience. The suite is the perfect companion for developing native Android applications and optimizing for NVIDIA SHIELD, installing all the required development packages, and debugging across Android devices.

For information on Android TV, check out the Android TV Developer Guide.



Get the latest SHIELD SDK, development tools and OS releases for NVIDIA SHIELD, the ultimate Android gaming family. Powered by the advanced NVIDIA Tegra processor and available in portable, tablet and Android TV form factors, NVIDIA SHIELD provides developers with unprecedented breadth for Android development.



NVIDIA GameWorks pushes the limits of gaming, simulation and 3D apps, providing a more interactive and cinematic experience, redefining next-gen gaming through tools and technologies that supercharge 3D visuals.


Tegra Hardware & Embedded Information

Visit the Embedded Computing center to get the latest information, manuals, BSP and sample code packages for the Tegra processor and embedded devices.


Linux 4 Tegra

The latest kernel sources, OS images and developer samples for Linux 4 Tegra, NVIDIA's version of linux designed for the Tegra processor.


Legacy Tegra Hardware Information

Information for Tegra 2, 3 & 4 hardware developers including Technical Reference Manuals, automotive and hardware partner links, and Tegra open source information.


Tegra Developer Initiatives & Highlights

Count on NVIDIA Tegra Developer Tools to help deliver console-quality games, next-gen apps and unleash the raw power of the Tegra processor. NVIDIA Developer Tools is a collection of applications spanning desktop and mobile targets enabling developers to build, debug, profile and develop class leading and cutting edge software that utilizes the latest visual computing hardware from NVIDIA.


Best practices on developing for Android TV and NVIDIA SHIELD with tips on how to best prepare games and apps for game controllers (like the SHIELD controller), configure the Android manifest, and correctly submit to the Play Store.


Developer Assistance

The GameWorks Registered Developer Program is an important part of NVIDIA's commitment to the Tegra Developer community. This free program gives NVIDIA a way to provide pre-release information and content to developers and enable two-way communication about issues and feature requests. It also provides developers with the latest news, updates, tools, samples, and tips and tricks that aren't available to the general public.

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For additional support visit our developer forums where you can read about common problems and solutions by other developers and pose your own questions.