Headers and libraries required by a USB client driver

This topic lists the headers and libraries required for writing a Windows Driver Model (WDM) USB client driver.

To find the header and library for a specific device driver interface (DDI), consult the reference pages in the USB Reference.

Headers

Header filePathIncludesDescription
hubbusif.h Include\kmDefines services that are exported by the USB port driver and are available for use by a USB hub driver.
usb.hInclude\shared Defines URB structures for USB Request Blocks (URBs) required by a client driver to send requests to the USB driver stack.
usb100.hInclude\shared Defines USB descriptors, as per the official USB 1.0 specification.
usb200.hInclude\shared

usb100.h

Defines USB descriptors, as per the official USB 2.0 specification.
usbbusif.h Include\kmDefines bus interfaces that are defined for a USB client driver (FDO) that wants to link directly to the port driver instead of linking directly to Usbd.sys.
usbdi.h Include\shared

usb.h

usbioctl.h

Defines helper macros for formatting URBs for specific types of requests.
usbdlib.h Include\kmDefines DDIs that are used by a USB client driver to send requests to the USB driver stack.
usbdrivr.h Include\km

usb.h

usbdlib.h

usbioctl.h

usbbusif.h

Defines USB_KERNEL_IOCTL.
usbioctl.h Include\shared

usbiodef.h

usb200.h

Defines IOCTL codes supported by the USB driver stack. Includes kernel-mode IOCTL codes for client drivers; user-mode IOCTL codes for applications.
usbiodef.hInclude\shared Defines interface and WMI GUIDs.
usbkern.h Include\km

usbioctl.h

Deprecated.
usbrpmif.hInclude\um

usb100.h

windef.h

winapifamily.h

Defines functions for an application to register itself in order to perform driver redirection operations for a USB device.
usbspec.hInclude\shared Defines device driver interfaces, as per the official USB specifications.
usbuser.hInclude\umDefines user-mode IOCTL codes that are supported by the USB port driver.
winusb.hInclude\um

winapifamily.h

winusbio.h

Defines WinUSB functions exposed by Winusb.dll, which are used by applications that want to send requests to Winusb.sys that is installed as the function driver for a USB device.
winusbio.hInclude\shared

winapifamily.h

usb.h

Defines flags for WinUSB functions.

 

Libraries

LibraryPathDescription
usbd.lib

\Lib\win8\km\<arch>

\Lib\win7\km\<arch>

\Lib\winv6.3\km\<arch>

Provides helper routines for getting information from the USB driver stack and formatting URBs for requests.
usbrpm.lib

\Lib\win8\km\<arch>

\Lib\win7\km\<arch>

\Lib\winv6.3\km\<arch>

Provides functions for an application to perform operations for replacing a Microsoft-provided driver with a third-party RPM driver.
usbdex.lib

\Lib\win8\km\<arch>

\Lib\win7\km\<arch>

\Lib\winv6.3\km\<arch>

Provides helper routines for client drivers to send requests to the underlying USB driver stack. The library gets loaded and statically linked to the client driver module when it is built. A client driver that calls these routines can run on Windows Vista and later versions of Windows.
winusb.lib

\Lib\win8\km\<arch>

\Lib\win8\um\<arch>

\Lib\win7\km\<arch>

\Lib\win7\um\<arch>

\Lib\winv6.3\km\<arch>

\Lib\winv6.3\um\<arch>

Provides functions for a user-mode client driver or an application to communicate with a USB device that has Winusb.sys loaded as its function driver.

 

Header Changes in Windows 8

Starting in Windows Driver Kit (WDK) for Windows 8, header file usbspec.h replaces USBProtocolDefs.h.

The new header file, usbspec.h, provides protocol definitions for the DDIs that are defined, as per the official USB specifications. The header file includes DDIs for the USB 3.0 specification.

Related topics

Universal Serial Bus (USB)
Header files in the Windows Driver Kit
Getting started with USB client driver development

 

 

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