C Specification

To export an Android hardware buffer referencing the payload of a Vulkan device memory object, call:

// Provided by VK_ANDROID_external_memory_android_hardware_buffer
VkResult vkGetMemoryAndroidHardwareBufferANDROID(
    VkDevice                                    device,
    const VkMemoryGetAndroidHardwareBufferInfoANDROID* pInfo,
    struct AHardwareBuffer**                    pBuffer);


  • device is the logical device that created the device memory being exported.

  • pInfo is a pointer to a VkMemoryGetAndroidHardwareBufferInfoANDROID structure containing parameters of the export operation.

  • pBuffer will return an Android hardware buffer referencing the payload of the device memory object.


Each call to vkGetMemoryAndroidHardwareBufferANDROID must return an Android hardware buffer with a new reference acquired in addition to the reference held by the VkDeviceMemory. To avoid leaking resources, the application must release the reference by calling AHardwareBuffer_release when it is no longer needed. When called with the same handle in VkMemoryGetAndroidHardwareBufferInfoANDROID::memory, vkGetMemoryAndroidHardwareBufferANDROID must return the same Android hardware buffer object. If the device memory was created by importing an Android hardware buffer, vkGetMemoryAndroidHardwareBufferANDROID must return that same Android hardware buffer object.

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

  • VUID-vkGetMemoryAndroidHardwareBufferANDROID-pInfo-parameter
    pInfo must be a valid pointer to a valid VkMemoryGetAndroidHardwareBufferInfoANDROID structure

  • VUID-vkGetMemoryAndroidHardwareBufferANDROID-pBuffer-parameter
    pBuffer must be a valid pointer to a valid pointer to an AHardwareBuffer value

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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