C Specification

To destroy a swapchain object call:

// Provided by VK_KHR_swapchain
void vkDestroySwapchainKHR(
    VkDevice                                    device,
    VkSwapchainKHR                              swapchain,
    const VkAllocationCallbacks*                pAllocator);


  • device is the VkDevice associated with swapchain.

  • swapchain is the swapchain to destroy.

  • pAllocator is the allocator used for host memory allocated for the swapchain object when there is no more specific allocator available (see Memory Allocation).


The application must not destroy a swapchain until after completion of all outstanding operations on images that were acquired from the swapchain. swapchain and all associated VkImage handles are destroyed, and must not be acquired or used any more by the application. The memory of each VkImage will only be freed after that image is no longer used by the presentation engine. For example, if one image of the swapchain is being displayed in a window, the memory for that image may not be freed until the window is destroyed, or another swapchain is created for the window. Destroying the swapchain does not invalidate the parent VkSurfaceKHR, and a new swapchain can be created with it.

When a swapchain associated with a display surface is destroyed, if the image most recently presented to the display surface is from the swapchain being destroyed, then either any display resources modified by presenting images from any swapchain associated with the display surface must be reverted by the implementation to their state prior to the first present performed on one of these swapchains, or such resources must be left in their current state.

If swapchain has exclusive full-screen access, it is released before the swapchain is destroyed.

Valid Usage
  • VUID-vkDestroySwapchainKHR-swapchain-01282
    All uses of presentable images acquired from swapchain must have completed execution

  • VUID-vkDestroySwapchainKHR-swapchain-01283
    If VkAllocationCallbacks were provided when swapchain was created, a compatible set of callbacks must be provided here

  • VUID-vkDestroySwapchainKHR-swapchain-01284
    If no VkAllocationCallbacks were provided when swapchain was created, pAllocator must be NULL

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

  • VUID-vkDestroySwapchainKHR-swapchain-parameter
    If swapchain is not VK_NULL_HANDLE, swapchain must be a valid VkSwapchainKHR handle

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

  • VUID-vkDestroySwapchainKHR-swapchain-parent
    If swapchain is a valid handle, it must have been created, allocated, or retrieved from device

Host Synchronization
  • Host access to swapchain must be externally synchronized

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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