C Specification

To query the opaque capture data of shader groups in a ray tracing pipeline, call:

// Provided by VK_KHR_ray_tracing_pipeline
VkResult vkGetRayTracingCaptureReplayShaderGroupHandlesKHR(
    VkDevice                                    device,
    VkPipeline                                  pipeline,
    uint32_t                                    firstGroup,
    uint32_t                                    groupCount,
    size_t                                      dataSize,
    void*                                       pData);


  • device is the logical device containing the ray tracing pipeline.

  • pipeline is the ray tracing pipeline object containing the shaders.

  • firstGroup is the index of the first group to retrieve a handle for from the VkRayTracingPipelineCreateInfoKHR::pGroups array.

  • groupCount is the number of shader handles to retrieve.

  • dataSize is the size in bytes of the buffer pointed to by pData.

  • pData is a pointer to a user-allocated buffer where the results will be written.


On success, an array of groupCount shader handles will be written to pData, with each element being of size VkPhysicalDeviceRayTracingPipelinePropertiesKHR::shaderGroupHandleCaptureReplaySize.

Once queried, this opaque data can be provided at pipeline creation time (in a subsequent execution), using VkRayTracingShaderGroupCreateInfoKHR::pShaderGroupCaptureReplayHandle, as described in Ray Tracing Capture Replay.

If pipeline was created with VK_PIPELINE_CREATE_LIBRARY_BIT_KHR and the pipelineLibraryGroupHandles feature is enabled applications can query capture replay group handles from that pipeline. The capture replay handle remains bitwise identical for any pipeline which references the pipeline library. Group indices are assigned as-if the pipeline was created without VK_PIPELINE_CREATE_LIBRARY_BIT_KHR.

Valid Usage
  • VUID-vkGetRayTracingCaptureReplayShaderGroupHandlesKHR-pipeline-04620
    pipeline must be a ray tracing pipeline

  • VUID-vkGetRayTracingCaptureReplayShaderGroupHandlesKHR-firstGroup-04051
    firstGroup must be less than the number of shader groups in pipeline

  • VUID-vkGetRayTracingCaptureReplayShaderGroupHandlesKHR-firstGroup-03483
    The sum of firstGroup and groupCount must be less than or equal to the number of shader groups in pipeline

  • VUID-vkGetRayTracingCaptureReplayShaderGroupHandlesKHR-dataSize-03484
    dataSize must be at least VkPhysicalDeviceRayTracingPipelinePropertiesKHR::shaderGroupHandleCaptureReplaySize × groupCount

  • VUID-vkGetRayTracingCaptureReplayShaderGroupHandlesKHR-rayTracingPipelineShaderGroupHandleCaptureReplay-03606
    VkPhysicalDeviceRayTracingPipelineFeaturesKHR::rayTracingPipelineShaderGroupHandleCaptureReplay must be enabled to call this function

  • VUID-vkGetRayTracingCaptureReplayShaderGroupHandlesKHR-pipeline-03607
    pipeline must have been created with a flags that included VK_PIPELINE_CREATE_RAY_TRACING_SHADER_GROUP_HANDLE_CAPTURE_REPLAY_BIT_KHR

  • VUID-vkGetRayTracingCaptureReplayShaderGroupHandlesKHR-pipeline-07829
    If the pipelineLibraryGroupHandles feature is not enabled, pipeline must not have been created with VK_PIPELINE_CREATE_LIBRARY_BIT_KHR

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

  • VUID-vkGetRayTracingCaptureReplayShaderGroupHandlesKHR-pipeline-parameter
    pipeline must be a valid VkPipeline handle

  • VUID-vkGetRayTracingCaptureReplayShaderGroupHandlesKHR-pData-parameter
    pData must be a valid pointer to an array of dataSize bytes

  • VUID-vkGetRayTracingCaptureReplayShaderGroupHandlesKHR-dataSize-arraylength
    dataSize must be greater than 0

  • VUID-vkGetRayTracingCaptureReplayShaderGroupHandlesKHR-pipeline-parent
    pipeline must have been created, allocated, or retrieved from device

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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