C Specification

To query the compression properties of an image, add a VkImageCompressionPropertiesEXT structure to the pNext chain of the VkSubresourceLayout2EXT structure in a call to vkGetImageSubresourceLayout2EXT.

To determine the compression rates that are supported for a given image format, add a VkImageCompressionPropertiesEXT structure to the pNext chain of the VkImageFormatProperties2 structure in a call to vkGetPhysicalDeviceImageFormatProperties2.


Since fixed-rate compression is disabled by default, the VkImageCompressionPropertiesEXT structure passed to vkGetPhysicalDeviceImageFormatProperties2 will not indicate any fixed-rate compression support unless a VkImageCompressionControlEXT structure is also included in the pNext chain of the VkPhysicalDeviceImageFormatInfo2 structure passed to the same command.

The VkImageCompressionPropertiesEXT structure is defined as:

// Provided by VK_EXT_image_compression_control
typedef struct VkImageCompressionPropertiesEXT {
    VkStructureType                        sType;
    void*                                  pNext;
    VkImageCompressionFlagsEXT             imageCompressionFlags;
    VkImageCompressionFixedRateFlagsEXT    imageCompressionFixedRateFlags;
} VkImageCompressionPropertiesEXT;


  • sType is the type of this structure.

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

  • imageCompressionFlags returns a value describing the compression controls that apply to the image. The value will be either VK_IMAGE_COMPRESSION_DEFAULT_EXT to indicate no fixed-rate compression, VK_IMAGE_COMPRESSION_FIXED_RATE_EXPLICIT_EXT to indicate fixed-rate compression, or VK_IMAGE_COMPRESSION_DISABLED_EXT to indicate no compression.

  • imageCompressionFixedRateFlags returns a VkImageCompressionFixedRateFlagsEXT value describing the compression rates that apply to the specified aspect of the image.


Valid Usage (Implicit)
  • VUID-VkImageCompressionPropertiesEXT-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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