Creates a 2D image object.

cl_mem clCreateImage2D ( cl_context context,
  cl_mem_flags flags,
  const cl_image_format *image_format,
  size_t image_width,
  size_t image_height,
  size_t image_row_pitch,
  void *host_ptr,
  cl_int *errcode_ret)



A valid OpenCL context on which the image object is to be created.


A bit-field that is used to specify allocation and usage information about the image memory object being created and is described in the table List of supported cl_mem_flags values for clCreateBuffer.


A pointer to a structure that describes format properties of the image to be allocated. See cl_image_format for a detailed description of the image format descriptor.

image_width , image_height

The width and height of the image in pixels. These must be values greater than or equal to 1.


The scan-line pitch in bytes. This must be 0 if host_ptr is NULL and can be either 0 or greater than or equal to image_width * size of element in bytes if host_ptr is not NULL. If host_ptr is not NULL and image_row_pitch is equal to 0, image_row_pitch is calculated as image_width * size of element in bytes. If image_row_pitch is not 0, it must be a multiple of the image element size in bytes.


A pointer to the image data that may already be allocated by the application. The size of the buffer that host_ptr points to must be greater than or equal to image_row_pitch * image_height. The size of each element in bytes must be a power of 2. The image data specified by host_ptr is stored as a linear sequence of adjacent scanlines. Each scanline is stored as a linear sequence of image elements.


Will return an appropriate error code. If errcode_ret is NULL, no error code is returned.


clCreateImage2D returns a valid non-zero image object and errcode_ret is set to CL_SUCCESS if the image object is created successfully. Otherwise, it returns a NULL value with one of the following error values returned in errcode_ret:

  • CL_INVALID_CONTEXT if context is not a valid context.
  • CL_INVALID_VALUE if values specified in flags are not valid.
  • CL_INVALID_IMAGE_FORMAT_DESCRIPTOR if values specified in image_format are not valid or if image_format is NULL.
  • CL_INVALID_IMAGE_SIZE if image_width or image_height are 0 or if they exceed values specified in CL_DEVICE_IMAGE2D_MAX_WIDTH or CL_DEVICE_IMAGE2D_MAX_HEIGHT respectively for all devices in context or if values specified by image_row_pitch do not follow rules described in the argument description above.
  • CL_INVALID_HOST_PTR if host_ptr is NULL and CL_MEM_USE_HOST_PTR or CL_MEM_COPY_HOST_PTR are set in flags or if host_ptr is not NULL but CL_MEM_COPY_HOST_PTR or CL_MEM_USE_HOST_PTR are not set in flags.
  • CL_IMAGE_FORMAT_NOT_SUPPORTED if the image_format is not supported.
  • CL_MEM_OBJECT_ALLOCATION_FAILURE if there is a failure to allocate memory for image object.
  • CL_INVALID_OPERATION if there are no devices in context that support images (i.e. CL_DEVICE_IMAGE_SUPPORT (specified in the table of OpenCL Device Queries for clGetDeviceInfo) is CL_FALSE).
  • CL_OUT_OF_RESOURCES if there is a failure to allocate resources required by the OpenCL implementation on the device.
  • CL_OUT_OF_HOST_MEMORY if there is a failure to allocate resources required by the OpenCL implementation on the host.


OpenCL Specification

Also see

clCreateImage3D, Cardinality Diagram

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