C Specification

To create validation cache objects, call:

// Provided by VK_EXT_validation_cache
VkResult vkCreateValidationCacheEXT(
    VkDevice                                    device,
    const VkValidationCacheCreateInfoEXT*       pCreateInfo,
    const VkAllocationCallbacks*                pAllocator,
    VkValidationCacheEXT*                       pValidationCache);


  • device is the logical device that creates the validation cache object.

  • pCreateInfo is a pointer to a VkValidationCacheCreateInfoEXT structure containing the initial parameters for the validation cache object.

  • pAllocator controls host memory allocation as described in the Memory Allocation chapter.

  • pValidationCache is a pointer to a VkValidationCacheEXT handle in which the resulting validation cache object is returned.



Applications can track and manage the total host memory size of a validation cache object using the pAllocator. Applications can limit the amount of data retrieved from a validation cache object in vkGetValidationCacheDataEXT. Implementations should not internally limit the total number of entries added to a validation cache object or the total host memory consumed.

Once created, a validation cache can be passed to the vkCreateShaderModule command by adding this object to the VkShaderModuleCreateInfo structure’s pNext chain. If a VkShaderModuleValidationCacheCreateInfoEXT object is included in the VkShaderModuleCreateInfo::pNext chain, and its validationCache field is not VK_NULL_HANDLE, the implementation will query it for possible reuse opportunities and update it with new content. The use of the validation cache object in these commands is internally synchronized, and the same validation cache object can be used in multiple threads simultaneously.


Implementations should make every effort to limit any critical sections to the actual accesses to the cache, which is expected to be significantly shorter than the duration of the vkCreateShaderModule command.

Valid Usage (Implicit)
  • VUID-vkCreateValidationCacheEXT-device-parameter
    device must be a valid VkDevice handle

  • VUID-vkCreateValidationCacheEXT-pCreateInfo-parameter
    pCreateInfo must be a valid pointer to a valid VkValidationCacheCreateInfoEXT structure

  • VUID-vkCreateValidationCacheEXT-pAllocator-parameter
    If pAllocator is not NULL, pAllocator must be a valid pointer to a valid VkAllocationCallbacks structure

  • VUID-vkCreateValidationCacheEXT-pValidationCache-parameter
    pValidationCache must be a valid pointer to a VkValidationCacheEXT handle

Return Codes
On success, this command returns

On failure, this command returns

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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