Vulkan® API Documentation Project
This repository contains sources for the formal documentation of the Vulkan API. This includes:
The authoritative public repository is located at Vulkan-Docs. It hosts a public Issue tracker, and outside developers can file proposed changes (Pull Requests) against the Specification, subject to approval by Khronos.
Khronos welcomes feedback in GitHub Issues, and proposed changes in GitHub Pull Requests (PRs), but will not necessarily accept all such changes.
Please keep your issues and pull requests focused on solving a single problem. Broader feedback that tries to solve multiple problems, or touches many parts of the Specification at once, is difficult for the Vulkan Working Group to review in a timely fashion.
The current Specification is maintained in the default branch (currently
main) of the repository.
From this branch it is possible to generate Specifications for any published
version of Vulkan (1.3, 1.2, 1.1, and 1.0), and incorporating any desired set of
Each published update is tagged in the form
1.3.release where release
is a constantly incrementing release number and
1.3 is the latest
published version of the API.
The last public spec update prior to Vulkan 1.3 is tagged
The last state of the default branch in Khronos' internal GitLab server,
before 1.3 content was merged into it, is tagged
1.2-archive (this tag is
not in GitHub).
The directory structure is as follows:
README.adoc This file BUILD.adoc Documents how to build the specifications and reference pages CONTRIBUTING.adoc Requirements for external contributions to the repository COPYING.adoc Copyright and licensing information CODE_OF_CONDUCT.adoc Code of Conduct LICENSE.adoc Summary of licenses used by files in the repository ChangeLog.adoc Change log summary for each public spec update Makefile, make* Makefile and helper build scripts (see BUILD.adoc) appendices/ Specification appendices chapters/ Specification chapters proposals/ Design documents for extensions config/ Asciidoctor configuration, CSS, and index generator images/ Images (figures, diagrams, icons) gen/out/ Default directory for the generated documents scripts/ Helper scripts used in specification, header, and reference page generation style/ Sources for "styleguide" (Vulkan Documentation and Extensions: Procedures and Conventions) xml/ XML API Registry (`vk.xml`) as well as XML for non-Vulkan data structures used with Video extensions (`video.xml`) registry.adoc Source for documentation of the XML format
Building the Specification and Reference Pages
The document sources are marked up in Asciidoctor format, and we use
asciidoctor and related toolchain components to generate output documents.
See BUILD.adoc for more information on installing the
toolchain and building the Specification.
Generating Headers and Related Files
The header files (
include/vulkan/vulkan*.h) and many parts of the
specification and reference page documents are generated from descriptions
in the XML API Registry (
The generated files are not checked into the repository.
If you change
vk.xml, you can regenerate the headers by going into
xml/ and running:
$ make clean install
The other generated files are built as required via dependencies in