glTexSubImage2D — specify a two-dimensional texture subimage

C Specification

void glTexSubImage2D(GLenum target,
 GLint level,
 GLint xoffset,
 GLint yoffset,
 GLsizei width,
 GLsizei height,
 GLenum format,
 GLenum type,
 const GLvoid * pixels);



Specifies the target texture. Must be GL_TEXTURE_2D.


Specifies the level-of-detail number. Level 0 is the base image level. Level n is the nth mipmap reduction image.


Specifies a texel offset in the x direction within the texture array.


Specifies a texel offset in the y direction within the texture array.


Specifies the width of the texture subimage.


Specifies the height of the texture subimage.


Specifies the of the pixel data. The following symbolic values are accepted: GL_ALPHA, GL_RGB, GL_RGBA, GL_LUMINANCE, and GL_LUMINANCE_ALPHA.


Specifies the data type of the pixel data. The following symbolic values are accepted: GL_UNSIGNED_BYTE, GL_UNSIGNED_SHORT_5_6_5, GL_UNSIGNED_SHORT_4_4_4_4, and GL_UNSIGNED_SHORT_5_5_5_1.


Specifies a pointer to the image data in memory.


Texturing maps a portion of a specified texture image onto each graphical primitive for which texturing is enabled. To enable and disable two-dimensional texturing, call glEnable and glDisable with argument GL_TEXTURE_2D. Two-dimensional texturing is initially disabled.

glTexSubImage2D redefines a contiguous subregion of an existing two-dimensional texture image. The texels referenced by pixels replace the portion of the existing texture array with x indices xoffset and xoffset+width-1 , inclusive, and y indices yoffset and yoffset+height-1 , inclusive. This region may not include any texels outside the range of the texture array as it was originally specified. It is not an error to specify a subtexture with zero width or height, but such a specification has no effect.


glPixelStorei affects texture images in exactly the way it affects glTexImage2D.

glTexSubImage2D specifies a two-dimensional sub texture for the currently bound texture, specified with glBindTexture and current texture unit, specified with glActiveTexture.


GL_INVALID_ENUM is generated if target is not GL_TEXTURE_2D.

GL_INVALID_OPERATION is generated if the texture array has not been defined by a previous glTexImage2D or glCopyTexImage2D operation.

GL_INVALID_VALUE is generated if level is less than 0.

GL_INVALID_VALUE may be generated if level is greater than log2max , where max is the returned value of GL_MAX_TEXTURE_SIZE.

GL_INVALID_VALUE is generated if xoffset<0 , xoffset+width> w , yoffset<0 , or yoffset+height> h , where w is the texture width and h is the texture height.

GL_INVALID_VALUE is generated if width or height is less than 0.

GL_INVALID_ENUM is generated if format is not an accepted constant.

GL_INVALID_ENUM is generated if type is not an accepted constant.

GL_INVALID_OPERATION is generated if type is GL_UNSIGNED_SHORT_5_6_5 and format is not GL_RGB.

GL_INVALID_OPERATION is generated if type is one of GL_UNSIGNED_SHORT_4_4_4_4, or GL_UNSIGNED_SHORT_5_5_5_1 and format is not GL_RGBA.

Associated Gets

glGet with argument GL_MAX_TEXTURE_SIZE

See Also

glActiveTexture, glBindTexture, glCompressedTexSubImage2D, glCopyTexSubImage2D, glGet, glPixelStorei, glTexEnv, glTexImage2D, glTexParameter


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