C Specification

To create a shader module, call:

// Provided by VK_VERSION_1_0
VkResult vkCreateShaderModule(
    VkDevice                                    device,
    const VkShaderModuleCreateInfo*             pCreateInfo,
    const VkAllocationCallbacks*                pAllocator,
    VkShaderModule*                             pShaderModule);


  • device is the logical device that creates the shader module.

  • pCreateInfo is a pointer to a VkShaderModuleCreateInfo structure.

  • pAllocator controls host memory allocation as described in the Memory Allocation chapter.

  • pShaderModule is a pointer to a VkShaderModule handle in which the resulting shader module object is returned.


Once a shader module has been created, any entry points it contains can be used in pipeline shader stages as described in Compute Pipelines and Graphics Pipelines.

If the shader stage fails to compile VK_ERROR_INVALID_SHADER_NV will be generated and the compile log will be reported back to the application by VK_EXT_debug_report if enabled.

Valid Usage (Implicit)
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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