C Specification

To destroy a VkSurfaceKHR object, call:

// Provided by VK_KHR_surface
void vkDestroySurfaceKHR(
    VkInstance                                  instance,
    VkSurfaceKHR                                surface,
    const VkAllocationCallbacks*                pAllocator);


  • instance is the instance used to create the surface.

  • surface is the surface to destroy.

  • pAllocator is the allocator used for host memory allocated for the surface object when there is no more specific allocator available (see Memory Allocation).


Destroying a VkSurfaceKHR merely severs the connection between Vulkan and the native surface, and does not imply destroying the native surface, closing a window, or similar behavior.

Valid Usage
Valid Usage (Implicit)
  • VUID-vkDestroySurfaceKHR-instance-parameter
    instance must be a valid VkInstance handle

  • VUID-vkDestroySurfaceKHR-surface-parameter
    If surface is not VK_NULL_HANDLE, surface must be a valid VkSurfaceKHR handle

  • VUID-vkDestroySurfaceKHR-pAllocator-null
    pAllocator must be NULL

  • VUID-vkDestroySurfaceKHR-surface-parent
    If surface is a valid handle, it must have been created, allocated, or retrieved from instance

Host Synchronization
  • Host access to surface must be externally synchronized

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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