## C Specification

Bits which can be set in VkImageCreateInfo::flags, specifying additional parameters of an image, are:

// Provided by VK_VERSION_1_0
typedef enum VkImageCreateFlagBits {
VK_IMAGE_CREATE_SPARSE_BINDING_BIT = 0x00000001,
VK_IMAGE_CREATE_SPARSE_RESIDENCY_BIT = 0x00000002,
VK_IMAGE_CREATE_SPARSE_ALIASED_BIT = 0x00000004,
VK_IMAGE_CREATE_MUTABLE_FORMAT_BIT = 0x00000008,
VK_IMAGE_CREATE_CUBE_COMPATIBLE_BIT = 0x00000010,
// Provided by VK_VERSION_1_1
VK_IMAGE_CREATE_ALIAS_BIT = 0x00000400,
// Provided by VK_VERSION_1_1
VK_IMAGE_CREATE_SPLIT_INSTANCE_BIND_REGIONS_BIT = 0x00000040,
// Provided by VK_VERSION_1_1
VK_IMAGE_CREATE_2D_ARRAY_COMPATIBLE_BIT = 0x00000020,
// Provided by VK_VERSION_1_1
VK_IMAGE_CREATE_BLOCK_TEXEL_VIEW_COMPATIBLE_BIT = 0x00000080,
// Provided by VK_VERSION_1_1
VK_IMAGE_CREATE_EXTENDED_USAGE_BIT = 0x00000100,
// Provided by VK_VERSION_1_1
VK_IMAGE_CREATE_PROTECTED_BIT = 0x00000800,
// Provided by VK_VERSION_1_1
VK_IMAGE_CREATE_DISJOINT_BIT = 0x00000200,
// Provided by VK_NV_corner_sampled_image
VK_IMAGE_CREATE_CORNER_SAMPLED_BIT_NV = 0x00002000,
// Provided by VK_EXT_sample_locations
VK_IMAGE_CREATE_SAMPLE_LOCATIONS_COMPATIBLE_DEPTH_BIT_EXT = 0x00001000,
// Provided by VK_EXT_fragment_density_map
VK_IMAGE_CREATE_SUBSAMPLED_BIT_EXT = 0x00004000,
// Provided by VK_KHR_device_group with VK_KHR_bind_memory2
VK_IMAGE_CREATE_SPLIT_INSTANCE_BIND_REGIONS_BIT_KHR = VK_IMAGE_CREATE_SPLIT_INSTANCE_BIND_REGIONS_BIT,
// Provided by VK_KHR_maintenance1
VK_IMAGE_CREATE_2D_ARRAY_COMPATIBLE_BIT_KHR = VK_IMAGE_CREATE_2D_ARRAY_COMPATIBLE_BIT,
// Provided by VK_KHR_maintenance2
VK_IMAGE_CREATE_BLOCK_TEXEL_VIEW_COMPATIBLE_BIT_KHR = VK_IMAGE_CREATE_BLOCK_TEXEL_VIEW_COMPATIBLE_BIT,
// Provided by VK_KHR_maintenance2
VK_IMAGE_CREATE_EXTENDED_USAGE_BIT_KHR = VK_IMAGE_CREATE_EXTENDED_USAGE_BIT,
// Provided by VK_KHR_sampler_ycbcr_conversion
VK_IMAGE_CREATE_DISJOINT_BIT_KHR = VK_IMAGE_CREATE_DISJOINT_BIT,
// Provided by VK_KHR_bind_memory2
VK_IMAGE_CREATE_ALIAS_BIT_KHR = VK_IMAGE_CREATE_ALIAS_BIT,
} VkImageCreateFlagBits;

## Description

• VK_IMAGE_CREATE_SPARSE_BINDING_BIT specifies that the image will be backed using sparse memory binding.

• VK_IMAGE_CREATE_SPARSE_RESIDENCY_BIT specifies that the image can be partially backed using sparse memory binding. Images created with this flag must also be created with the VK_IMAGE_CREATE_SPARSE_BINDING_BIT flag.

• VK_IMAGE_CREATE_SPARSE_ALIASED_BIT specifies that the image will be backed using sparse memory binding with memory ranges that might also simultaneously be backing another image (or another portion of the same image). Images created with this flag must also be created with the VK_IMAGE_CREATE_SPARSE_BINDING_BIT flag.

• VK_IMAGE_CREATE_MUTABLE_FORMAT_BIT specifies that the image can be used to create a VkImageView with a different format from the image. For multi-planar formats, VK_IMAGE_CREATE_MUTABLE_FORMAT_BIT specifies that a VkImageView can be created of a plane of the image.

• VK_IMAGE_CREATE_CUBE_COMPATIBLE_BIT specifies that the image can be used to create a VkImageView of type VK_IMAGE_VIEW_TYPE_CUBE or VK_IMAGE_VIEW_TYPE_CUBE_ARRAY.

• VK_IMAGE_CREATE_2D_ARRAY_COMPATIBLE_BIT specifies that the image can be used to create a VkImageView of type VK_IMAGE_VIEW_TYPE_2D or VK_IMAGE_VIEW_TYPE_2D_ARRAY.

• VK_IMAGE_CREATE_PROTECTED_BIT specifies that the image is a protected image.

• VK_IMAGE_CREATE_SPLIT_INSTANCE_BIND_REGIONS_BIT specifies that the image can be used with a non-zero value of the splitInstanceBindRegionCount member of a VkBindImageMemoryDeviceGroupInfo structure passed into vkBindImageMemory2. This flag also has the effect of making the image use the standard sparse image block dimensions.

• VK_IMAGE_CREATE_BLOCK_TEXEL_VIEW_COMPATIBLE_BIT specifies that the image having a compressed format can be used to create a VkImageView with an uncompressed format where each texel in the image view corresponds to a compressed texel block of the image.

• VK_IMAGE_CREATE_EXTENDED_USAGE_BIT specifies that the image can be created with usage flags that are not supported for the format the image is created with but are supported for at least one format a VkImageView created from the image can have.

• VK_IMAGE_CREATE_DISJOINT_BIT specifies that an image with a multi-planar format must have each plane separately bound to memory, rather than having a single memory binding for the whole image; the presence of this bit distinguishes a disjoint image from an image without this bit set.

• VK_IMAGE_CREATE_ALIAS_BIT specifies that two images created with the same creation parameters and aliased to the same memory can interpret the contents of the memory consistently with each other, subject to the rules described in the Memory Aliasing section. This flag further specifies that each plane of a disjoint image can share an in-memory non-linear representation with single-plane images, and that a single-plane image can share an in-memory non-linear representation with a plane of a multi-planar disjoint image, according to the rules in https://www.khronos.org/registry/vulkan/specs/1.2-extensions/html/vkspec.html#formats-compatible-planes. If the pNext chain includes a VkExternalMemoryImageCreateInfo or VkExternalMemoryImageCreateInfoNV structure whose handleTypes member is not 0, it is as if VK_IMAGE_CREATE_ALIAS_BIT is set.

• VK_IMAGE_CREATE_SAMPLE_LOCATIONS_COMPATIBLE_DEPTH_BIT_EXT specifies that an image with a depth or depth/stencil format can be used with custom sample locations when used as a depth/stencil attachment.

• VK_IMAGE_CREATE_CORNER_SAMPLED_BIT_NV specifies that the image is a corner-sampled image.

• VK_IMAGE_CREATE_SUBSAMPLED_BIT_EXT specifies that an image can be in a subsampled format which may be more optimal when written as an attachment by a render pass that has a fragment density map attachment. Accessing a subsampled image has additional considerations:

• Image data read as an image sampler will have undefined values if the sampler was not created with flags containing VK_SAMPLER_CREATE_SUBSAMPLED_BIT_EXT or was not sampled through the use of a combined image sampler with an immutable sampler in VkDescriptorSetLayoutBinding.

• Image data read with an input attachment will have undefined values if the contents were not written as an attachment in an earlier subpass of the same render pass.

• Image data read as an image sampler in the fragment shader will be additionally be read by the device during VK_PIPELINE_STAGE_VERTEX_SHADER_BIT if VkPhysicalDeviceFragmentDensityMap2PropertiesEXT::subsampledCoarseReconstructionEarlyAccess is VK_TRUE and the sampler was created with flags containing VK_SAMPLER_CREATE_SUBSAMPLED_COARSE_RECONSTRUCTION_BIT_EXT.

• Image data read with load operations are resampled to the fragment density of the render pass if VkPhysicalDeviceFragmentDensityMap2PropertiesEXT::subsampledLoads is VK_TRUE. Otherwise, values of image data are undefined.

• Image contents outside of the render area take on undefined values if the image is stored as a render pass attachment.