C Specification

To begin a render pass instance, call:

// Provided by VK_VERSION_1_3
void vkCmdBeginRendering(
    VkCommandBuffer                             commandBuffer,
    const VkRenderingInfo*                      pRenderingInfo);

or the equivalent command

// Provided by VK_KHR_dynamic_rendering
void vkCmdBeginRenderingKHR(
    VkCommandBuffer                             commandBuffer,
    const VkRenderingInfo*                      pRenderingInfo);


  • commandBuffer is the command buffer in which to record the command.

  • pRenderingInfo is a pointer to a VkRenderingInfo structure specifying details of the render pass instance to begin.


After beginning a render pass instance, the command buffer is ready to record draw commands.

If pRenderingInfo->flags includes VK_RENDERING_RESUMING_BIT then this render pass is resumed from a render pass instance that has been suspended earlier in submission order.

Valid Usage
  • VUID-vkCmdBeginRendering-dynamicRendering-06446
    The dynamicRendering feature must be enabled

  • VUID-vkCmdBeginRendering-commandBuffer-06068
    If commandBuffer is a secondary command buffer, and the nestedCommandBuffer feature is not enabled, pRenderingInfo->flags must not include VK_RENDERING_CONTENTS_SECONDARY_COMMAND_BUFFERS_BIT

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

  • VUID-vkCmdBeginRendering-pRenderingInfo-parameter
    pRenderingInfo must be a valid pointer to a valid VkRenderingInfo structure

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

  • VUID-vkCmdBeginRendering-commandBuffer-cmdpool
    The VkCommandPool that commandBuffer was allocated from must support graphics operations

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

  • VUID-vkCmdBeginRendering-videocoding
    This command must only be called outside of a video coding scope

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 Video Coding 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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