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  • Bill Hollings, The Brenwill Workshop Ltd.


The VK_MVK_macos_surface extension is an instance extension. It provides a mechanism to create a VkSurfaceKHR object (defined by the VK_KHR_surface extension) based on an NSView, the native surface type of macOS, which is underpinned by a CAMetalLayer, to support rendering to the surface using Apple’s Metal framework.

Deprecation by VK_EXT_metal_surface

The VK_MVK_macos_surface extension is considered deprecated and has been superseded by the VK_EXT_metal_surface extension.

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  • Extending VkStructureType:


Version History

  • Revision 1, 2017-02-15 (Bill Hollings)

    • Initial draft.

  • Revision 2, 2017-02-24 (Bill Hollings)

    • Minor syntax fix to emphasize firm requirement for NSView to be backed by a CAMetalLayer.

  • Revision 3, 2020-07-31 (Bill Hollings)

    • Update documentation on requirements for NSView.

    • Mark as deprecated by VK_EXT_metal_surface.

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