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A Vulkan renderer for egui using Ash

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A Vulkan renderer for egui using Ash.

This is meant to add support for egui in your existing Vulkan/ash applications. Not a full eframe integration for Vulkan/ash.



crate egui ash gpu-allocator (feature) vk-mem (feature)
0.5.0 [0.26, 0.28] 0.38 0.27 0.4
0.4.0 [0.26, 0.28] [0.34, 0.37] [0.25, 0.26] 0.3

How it works

The renderer records drawing command to a command buffer supplied by the application. Here is a little breakdown of the features of this crate and how they work.

Vertex/Index buffers

The renderer creates a vertex buffer and a index buffer that will be updated every time Renderer::cmd_draw is called. If the vertex/index count is more than what the buffers can actually hold then the buffers are resized (actually destroyed then re-created).

Frames in flight

The renderer support having multiple frames in flight. You need to specify the number of frames during initialization of the renderer. The renderer manages one vertex and index buffer per frame.

No draw call execution

The Renderer::cmd_draw only record commands to a command buffer supplied by the application. It does not submit anything to the gpu.

sRGB/Linear framebuffer

You can indicate wether you will target an sRGB framebuffer or not by passing the option srgb_framebuffer when initializing the renderer. When you target an sRGB framebuffer, the fragment shader will output linear color values, otherwise it will convert the colors to sRGB.

Managed textures

Textures managed by egui must be kept in sync with the renderer. To do so, the user should call Renderer::set_textures and Renderer::free_textures. The former must be call before submitting the command buffer for rendering and the latter must be called after rendering is complete. Example:

let output = egui_ctx.run(raw_input, |ui| {
    // ui code ..

// before rendering the ui
renderer.set_textures(queue, command_pool, output.textures_delta.set.as_slice()).unwrap();

// rendering code goes here .. (calling cmd_draw, submitting the command buffer, waiting for rendering to be finished...)

// after the rendering is done 

If you have multiple frames in flight you might want to hold a set of textures to free for each frame and call Renderer::free_textures after waiting for the fence of the previous frame.

Custom textures

You can also render used managed textures in egui. You just need to call Renderer::add_user_texture and pass a vk::DescriptorSet compatible with the layout used in the renderer's graphics pipeline (see create_vulkan_descriptor_set_layout). This will return a egui::TextureId that you can use in your ui code. Example:

let user_texture_set: vk::DescriptorSet = ...;
let texture_id = renderer.add_user_texture(user_texture_set);

let output = egui_ctx.run(raw_input, |ui| {
    let egui_texture = SizedTexture {
        id: texture_id,
        size: Vec2 {
            x: 128.0,
            y: 128.0,


// When the texture won't be used anymore you can remove it from the renderer

You can find a example using egui managed and user managed textures here.



This feature adds support for gpu-allocator. It adds Renderer::with_gpu_allocator which takes a Arc<Mutex<gpu_allocator::vulkan::Allocator>>. All internal allocator are then done using the allocator.


This feature adds support for vk-mem-rs. It adds Renderer::with_vk_mem_allocator which takes a Arc<Mutex<vk_mem::Allocator>>. All internal allocator are then done using the allocator.


This feature is useful if you want to integrate the library in an app making use of Vulkan's dynamic rendering. When enabled, functions that usually takes a vk::RenderPass as argument will now take a DynamicRendering which contains the format of the color attachment the UI will be drawn to and an optional depth attachment format.


You can find an example of integration with winit in the common module of the examples.

// Example with default allocator
let renderer = Renderer::with_default_allocator(


You can run a set of examples by running the following command:

# If you want to enable validation layers

# Or with Powershell
$env:VK_LAYER_PATH = "$env:VULKAN_SDK\Bin"

# If you changed the shader code (you'll need glslangValidator on you PATH)
# There is also a PowerShell version (compile_shaders.ps1)

# Run an example
cargo run --example <example>

# Example can be one of the following value:
# - demo_windows
# - textures


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