C Specification

To obtain optimal Android hardware buffer usage flags for specific image creation parameters, add a VkAndroidHardwareBufferUsageANDROID structure to the pNext chain of a VkImageFormatProperties2 structure passed to vkGetPhysicalDeviceImageFormatProperties2. This structure is defined as:

// Provided by VK_ANDROID_external_memory_android_hardware_buffer
typedef struct VkAndroidHardwareBufferUsageANDROID {
    VkStructureType    sType;
    void*              pNext;
    uint64_t           androidHardwareBufferUsage;
} VkAndroidHardwareBufferUsageANDROID;


  • sType is a VkStructureType value identifying this structure.

  • pNext is NULL or a pointer to a structure extending this structure.

  • androidHardwareBufferUsage returns the Android hardware buffer usage flags.


The androidHardwareBufferUsage field must include Android hardware buffer usage flags listed in the AHardwareBuffer Usage Equivalence table when the corresponding Vulkan image usage or image creation flags are included in the usage or flags fields of VkPhysicalDeviceImageFormatInfo2. It must include at least one GPU usage flag (AHARDWAREBUFFER_USAGE_GPU_*), even if none of the corresponding Vulkan usages or flags are requested.


Requiring at least one GPU usage flag ensures that Android hardware buffer memory will be allocated in a memory pool accessible to the Vulkan implementation, and that specializing the memory layout based on usage flags does not prevent it from being compatible with Vulkan. Implementations may avoid unnecessary restrictions caused by this requirement by using vendor usage flags to indicate that only the Vulkan uses indicated in VkImageFormatProperties2 are required.

Valid Usage (Implicit)
  • VUID-VkAndroidHardwareBufferUsageANDROID-sType-sType

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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