C Specification

To dynamically set the depth write enable, call:

// Provided by VK_VERSION_1_3
void vkCmdSetDepthWriteEnable(
    VkCommandBuffer                             commandBuffer,
    VkBool32                                    depthWriteEnable);

or the equivalent command

// Provided by VK_EXT_extended_dynamic_state, VK_EXT_shader_object
void vkCmdSetDepthWriteEnableEXT(
    VkCommandBuffer                             commandBuffer,
    VkBool32                                    depthWriteEnable);


  • commandBuffer is the command buffer into which the command will be recorded.

  • depthWriteEnable specifies if depth writes are enabled.


This command sets the depth write enable for subsequent drawing commands when drawing using shader objects, or when the graphics pipeline is created with VK_DYNAMIC_STATE_DEPTH_WRITE_ENABLE set in VkPipelineDynamicStateCreateInfo::pDynamicStates. Otherwise, this state is specified by the VkPipelineDepthStencilStateCreateInfo::depthWriteEnable value used to create the currently active pipeline.

Valid Usage
  • VUID-vkCmdSetDepthWriteEnable-None-08971
    At least one of the following must be true:

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

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

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

  • VUID-vkCmdSetDepthWriteEnable-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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