C Specification

The VkPhysicalDeviceBufferDeviceAddressFeatures structure is defined as:

// Provided by VK_VERSION_1_2
typedef struct VkPhysicalDeviceBufferDeviceAddressFeatures {
    VkStructureType    sType;
    void*              pNext;
    VkBool32           bufferDeviceAddress;
    VkBool32           bufferDeviceAddressCaptureReplay;
    VkBool32           bufferDeviceAddressMultiDevice;
} VkPhysicalDeviceBufferDeviceAddressFeatures;

or the equivalent

// Provided by VK_KHR_buffer_device_address
typedef VkPhysicalDeviceBufferDeviceAddressFeatures VkPhysicalDeviceBufferDeviceAddressFeaturesKHR;


This structure describes the following features:

  • sType is a VkStructureType value identifying this structure.

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


  • bufferDeviceAddress indicates that the implementation supports accessing buffer memory in shaders as storage buffers via an address queried from vkGetBufferDeviceAddress.

  • bufferDeviceAddressCaptureReplay indicates that the implementation supports saving and reusing buffer and device addresses, e.g. for trace capture and replay.

  • bufferDeviceAddressMultiDevice indicates that the implementation supports the bufferDeviceAddress , rayTracingPipeline and rayQuery features for logical devices created with multiple physical devices. If this feature is not supported, buffer and acceleration structure addresses must not be queried on a logical device created with more than one physical device.


bufferDeviceAddressMultiDevice exists to allow certain legacy platforms to be able to support bufferDeviceAddress without needing to support shared GPU virtual addresses for multi-device configurations.

See vkGetBufferDeviceAddress for more information.

If the VkPhysicalDeviceBufferDeviceAddressFeatures structure is included in the pNext chain of the VkPhysicalDeviceFeatures2 structure passed to vkGetPhysicalDeviceFeatures2, it is filled in to indicate whether each corresponding feature is supported. VkPhysicalDeviceBufferDeviceAddressFeatures can also be used in the pNext chain of VkDeviceCreateInfo to selectively enable these features.

Valid Usage (Implicit)
  • VUID-VkPhysicalDeviceBufferDeviceAddressFeatures-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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