C Specification

The VkPhysicalDeviceProperties structure is defined as:

typedef struct VkPhysicalDeviceProperties {
    uint32_t                            apiVersion;
    uint32_t                            driverVersion;
    uint32_t                            vendorID;
    uint32_t                            deviceID;
    VkPhysicalDeviceType                deviceType;
    char                                deviceName[VK_MAX_PHYSICAL_DEVICE_NAME_SIZE];
    uint8_t                             pipelineCacheUUID[VK_UUID_SIZE];
    VkPhysicalDeviceLimits              limits;
    VkPhysicalDeviceSparseProperties    sparseProperties;
} VkPhysicalDeviceProperties;


  • apiVersion is the version of Vulkan supported by the device, encoded as described in the API Version Numbers and Semantics section.

  • driverVersion is the vendor-specified version of the driver.

  • vendorID is a unique identifier for the vendor (see below) of the physical device.

  • deviceID is a unique identifier for the physical device among devices available from the vendor.

  • deviceType is a VkPhysicalDeviceType specifying the type of device.

  • deviceName is a null-terminated UTF-8 string containing the name of the device.

  • pipelineCacheUUID is an array of size VK_UUID_SIZE, containing 8-bit values that represent a universally unique identifier for the device.

  • limits is the VkPhysicalDeviceLimits structure which specifies device-specific limits of the physical device. See Limits for details.

  • sparseProperties is the VkPhysicalDeviceSparseProperties structure which specifies various sparse related properties of the physical device. See Sparse Properties for details.


The vendorID and deviceID fields are provided to allow applications to adapt to device characteristics that are not adequately exposed by other Vulkan queries. These may include performance profiles, hardware errata, or other characteristics. In PCI-based implementations, the low sixteen bits of vendorID and deviceID must contain (respectively) the PCI vendor and device IDs associated with the hardware device, and the remaining bits must be set to zero. In non-PCI implementations, the choice of what values to return may be dictated by operating system or platform policies. It is otherwise at the discretion of the implementer, subject to the following constraints and guidelines:

  • For purposes of physical device identification, the vendor of a physical device is the entity responsible for the most salient characteristics of the hardware represented by the physical device handle. In the case of a discrete GPU, this should be the GPU chipset vendor. In the case of a GPU or other accelerator integrated into a system-on-chip (SoC), this should be the supplier of the silicon IP used to create the GPU or other accelerator.

  • If the vendor of the physical device has a valid PCI vendor ID issued by PCI-SIG, that ID should be used to construct vendorID as described above for PCI-based implementations. Implementations that do not return a PCI vendor ID in vendorID must return a valid Khronos vendor ID, obtained as described in the Vulkan Documentation and Extensions document in the section “Registering a Vendor ID with Khronos”. Khronos vendor IDs are allocated starting at 0x10000, to distinguish them from the PCI vendor ID namespace.

  • The vendor of the physical device is responsible for selecting deviceID. The value selected should uniquely identify both the device version and any major configuration options (for example, core count in the case of multicore devices). The same device ID should be used for all physical implementations of that device version and configuration. For example, all uses of a specific silicon IP GPU version and configuration should use the same device ID, even if those uses occur in different SoCs.

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