C Specification

To import a semaphore payload from a Windows handle, call:

// Provided by VK_KHR_external_semaphore_win32
VkResult vkImportSemaphoreWin32HandleKHR(
    VkDevice                                    device,
    const VkImportSemaphoreWin32HandleInfoKHR*  pImportSemaphoreWin32HandleInfo);


  • device is the logical device that created the semaphore.

  • pImportSemaphoreWin32HandleInfo is a pointer to a VkImportSemaphoreWin32HandleInfoKHR structure specifying the semaphore and import parameters.


Importing a semaphore payload from Windows handles does not transfer ownership of the handle to the Vulkan implementation. For handle types defined as NT handles, the application must release ownership using the CloseHandle system call when the handle is no longer needed.

Applications can import the same semaphore payload into multiple instances of Vulkan, into the same instance from which it was exported, and multiple times into a given Vulkan instance.

Valid Usage (Implicit)
  • VUID-vkImportSemaphoreWin32HandleKHR-device-parameter
    device must be a valid VkDevice handle

  • VUID-vkImportSemaphoreWin32HandleKHR-pImportSemaphoreWin32HandleInfo-parameter
    pImportSemaphoreWin32HandleInfo must be a valid pointer to a valid VkImportSemaphoreWin32HandleInfoKHR structure

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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