C Specification

To set the state of an event to signaled from a device, call:

// Provided by VK_VERSION_1_0
void vkCmdSetEvent(
    VkCommandBuffer                             commandBuffer,
    VkEvent                                     event,
    VkPipelineStageFlags                        stageMask);


  • commandBuffer is the command buffer into which the command is recorded.

  • event is the event that will be signaled.

  • stageMask specifies the source stage mask used to determine the first synchronization scope.


vkCmdSetEvent behaves identically to vkCmdSetEvent2KHR, except that it does not define an access scope, and must only be used with vkCmdWaitEvents, not vkCmdWaitEvents2KHR.

Valid Usage
  • VUID-vkCmdSetEvent-stageMask-04090
    If the geometryShader feature is not enabled, stageMask must not contain VK_PIPELINE_STAGE_GEOMETRY_SHADER_BIT

  • VUID-vkCmdSetEvent-stageMask-04091
    If the tessellationShader feature is not enabled, stageMask must not contain VK_PIPELINE_STAGE_TESSELLATION_CONTROL_SHADER_BIT or VK_PIPELINE_STAGE_TESSELLATION_EVALUATION_SHADER_BIT

  • VUID-vkCmdSetEvent-stageMask-07319
    If the attachmentFragmentShadingRate feature is not enabled, stageMask must not contain VK_PIPELINE_STAGE_FRAGMENT_SHADING_RATE_ATTACHMENT_BIT_KHR

  • VUID-vkCmdSetEvent-stageMask-03937
    If the synchronization2 feature is not enabled, stageMask must not be 0

  • VUID-vkCmdSetEvent-stageMask-06457
    Any pipeline stage included in stageMask must be supported by the capabilities of the queue family specified by the queueFamilyIndex member of the VkCommandPoolCreateInfo structure that was used to create the VkCommandPool that commandBuffer was allocated from, as specified in the table of supported pipeline stages

  • VUID-vkCmdSetEvent-stageMask-01149
    stageMask must not include VK_PIPELINE_STAGE_HOST_BIT

  • VUID-vkCmdSetEvent-commandBuffer-01152
    The current device mask of commandBuffer must include exactly one physical device

Valid Usage (Implicit)
  • VUID-vkCmdSetEvent-commandBuffer-parameter
    commandBuffer must be a valid VkCommandBuffer handle

  • VUID-vkCmdSetEvent-event-parameter
    event must be a valid VkEvent handle

  • VUID-vkCmdSetEvent-stageMask-parameter
    stageMask must be a valid combination of VkPipelineStageFlagBits values

  • VUID-vkCmdSetEvent-commandBuffer-recording
    commandBuffer must be in the recording state

  • VUID-vkCmdSetEvent-commandBuffer-cmdpool
    The VkCommandPool that commandBuffer was allocated from must support graphics, or compute operations

  • VUID-vkCmdSetEvent-renderpass
    This command must only be called outside of a render pass instance

  • VUID-vkCmdSetEvent-commonparent
    Both of commandBuffer, and event must have been created, allocated, or retrieved from the same VkDevice

Host Synchronization
  • Host access to commandBuffer must be externally synchronized

  • Host access to the VkCommandPool that commandBuffer was allocated from must be externally synchronized

Command Properties
Command Buffer Levels Render Pass Scope Supported Queue Types Command Type





See Also

Document Notes

For more information, see the Vulkan Specification

This page is extracted from the Vulkan Specification. Fixes and changes should be made to the Specification, not directly.

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