C Specification

To query the basic capabilities of a surface, needed in order to create a swapchain, call:

// Provided by VK_EXT_display_surface_counter
VkResult vkGetPhysicalDeviceSurfaceCapabilities2EXT(
    VkPhysicalDevice                            physicalDevice,
    VkSurfaceKHR                                surface,
    VkSurfaceCapabilities2EXT*                  pSurfaceCapabilities);


  • physicalDevice is the physical device that will be associated with the swapchain to be created, as described for vkCreateSwapchainKHR.

  • surface is the surface that will be associated with the swapchain.

  • pSurfaceCapabilities is a pointer to a VkSurfaceCapabilities2EXT structure in which the capabilities are returned.


vkGetPhysicalDeviceSurfaceCapabilities2EXT behaves similarly to vkGetPhysicalDeviceSurfaceCapabilitiesKHR, with the ability to return extended information by adding extending structures to the pNext chain of its pSurfaceCapabilities parameter.

Valid Usage
  • VUID-vkGetPhysicalDeviceSurfaceCapabilities2EXT-surface-06523
    surface must be a valid VkSurfaceKHR handle

  • VUID-vkGetPhysicalDeviceSurfaceCapabilities2EXT-surface-06211
    surface must be supported by physicalDevice, as reported by vkGetPhysicalDeviceSurfaceSupportKHR or an equivalent platform-specific mechanism

Valid Usage (Implicit)
  • VUID-vkGetPhysicalDeviceSurfaceCapabilities2EXT-physicalDevice-parameter
    physicalDevice must be a valid VkPhysicalDevice handle

  • VUID-vkGetPhysicalDeviceSurfaceCapabilities2EXT-surface-parameter
    surface must be a valid VkSurfaceKHR handle

  • VUID-vkGetPhysicalDeviceSurfaceCapabilities2EXT-pSurfaceCapabilities-parameter
    pSurfaceCapabilities must be a valid pointer to a VkSurfaceCapabilities2EXT structure

  • VUID-vkGetPhysicalDeviceSurfaceCapabilities2EXT-commonparent
    Both of physicalDevice, and surface must have been created, allocated, or retrieved from the same VkInstance

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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