C Specification

To acquire permission to directly access a display in Vulkan from an X11 server, call:

// Provided by VK_EXT_acquire_xlib_display
VkResult vkAcquireXlibDisplayEXT(
    VkPhysicalDevice                            physicalDevice,
    Display*                                    dpy,
    VkDisplayKHR                                display);


  • physicalDevice The physical device the display is on.

  • dpy A connection to the X11 server that currently owns display.

  • display The display the caller wishes to control in Vulkan.


All permissions necessary to control the display are granted to the Vulkan instance associated with physicalDevice until the display is released or the X11 connection specified by dpy is terminated. Permission to access the display may be temporarily revoked during periods when the X11 server from which control was acquired itself loses access to display. During such periods, operations which require access to the display must fail with an approriate error code. If the X11 server associated with dpy does not own display, or if permission to access it has already been acquired by another entity, the call must return the error code VK_ERROR_INITIALIZATION_FAILED.


One example of when an X11 server loses access to a display is when it loses ownership of its virtual terminal.

Valid Usage (Implicit)
  • physicalDevice must be a valid VkPhysicalDevice handle

  • dpy must be a valid pointer to a Display value

  • display must be a valid VkDisplayKHR handle

  • display must have been created, allocated, or retrieved from physicalDevice

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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