C Specification

Information about a particular shader that has been compiled as part of a pipeline object can be extracted by calling:

// Provided by VK_AMD_shader_info
VkResult vkGetShaderInfoAMD(
    VkDevice                                    device,
    VkPipeline                                  pipeline,
    VkShaderStageFlagBits                       shaderStage,
    VkShaderInfoTypeAMD                         infoType,
    size_t*                                     pInfoSize,
    void*                                       pInfo);


  • device is the device that created pipeline.

  • pipeline is the target of the query.

  • shaderStage identifies the particular shader within the pipeline about which information is being queried.

  • infoType describes what kind of information is being queried.

  • pInfoSize is a pointer to a value related to the amount of data the query returns, as described below.

  • pInfo is either NULL or a pointer to a buffer.


If pInfo is NULL, then the maximum size of the information that can be retrieved about the shader, in bytes, is returned in pInfoSize. Otherwise, pInfoSize must point to a variable set by the user to the size of the buffer, in bytes, pointed to by pInfo, and on return the variable is overwritten with the amount of data actually written to pInfo.

If pInfoSize is less than the maximum size that can be retrieved by the pipeline cache, then at most pInfoSize bytes will be written to pInfo, and vkGetShaderInfoAMD will return VK_INCOMPLETE.

Not all information is available for every shader and implementations may not support all kinds of information for any shader. When a certain type of information is unavailable, the function returns VK_ERROR_FEATURE_NOT_PRESENT.

If information is successfully and fully queried, the function will return VK_SUCCESS.

For infoType VK_SHADER_INFO_TYPE_STATISTICS_AMD, a VkShaderStatisticsInfoAMD structure will be written to the buffer pointed to by pInfo. This structure will be populated with statistics regarding the physical device resources used by that shader along with other miscellaneous information and is described in further detail below.

For infoType VK_SHADER_INFO_TYPE_DISASSEMBLY_AMD, pInfo is a pointer to a UTF-8 null-terminated string containing human-readable disassembly. The exact formatting and contents of the disassembly string are vendor-specific.

The formatting and contents of all other types of information, including infoType VK_SHADER_INFO_TYPE_BINARY_AMD, are left to the vendor and are not further specified by this extension.

Valid Usage (Implicit)
  • VUID-vkGetShaderInfoAMD-device-parameter
    device must be a valid VkDevice handle

  • VUID-vkGetShaderInfoAMD-pipeline-parameter
    pipeline must be a valid VkPipeline handle

  • VUID-vkGetShaderInfoAMD-shaderStage-parameter
    shaderStage must be a valid VkShaderStageFlagBits value

  • VUID-vkGetShaderInfoAMD-infoType-parameter
    infoType must be a valid VkShaderInfoTypeAMD value

  • VUID-vkGetShaderInfoAMD-pInfoSize-parameter
    pInfoSize must be a valid pointer to a size_t value

  • VUID-vkGetShaderInfoAMD-pInfo-parameter
    If the value referenced by pInfoSize is not 0, and pInfo is not NULL, pInfo must be a valid pointer to an array of pInfoSize bytes

  • VUID-vkGetShaderInfoAMD-pipeline-parent
    pipeline must have been created, allocated, or retrieved from device

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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