Enqueues a command to read from a 2D or 3D image object to host memory.

cl_int clEnqueueReadImage ( cl_command_queue command_queue,
  cl_mem image,
  cl_bool blocking_read,
  const size_t origin[3],
  const size_t region[3],
  size_t row_pitch,
  size_t slice_pitch,
  void *ptr,
  cl_uint num_events_in_wait_list,
  const cl_event *event_wait_list,
  cl_event *event)



Refers to the command-queue in which the read command will be queued. command_queue and image must be created with the same OpenCL context.


Refers to a valid 2D or 3D image object.


Indicates if the read operations are blocking or non-blocking.

If blocking_read is CL_TRUE i.e. the read command is blocking, clEnqueueReadImage does not return until the buffer data has been read and copied into memory pointed to by ptr.

If blocking_read is CL_FALSE i.e. map operation is non-blocking, clEnqueueReadImage queues a non-blocking read command and returns. The contents of the buffer that ptr points to cannot be used until the read command has completed. The event argument returns an event object which can be used to query the execution status of the read command. When the read command has completed, the contents of the buffer that ptr points to can be used by the application.


Defines the (x, y, z) offset in pixels in the image from where to read. If image is a 2D image object, the z value given by origin[2] must be 0.


Defines the (width, height, depth) in pixels of the 2D or 3D rectangle being read. If image is a 2D image object, the depth value given by region[2] must be 1.


The length of each row in bytes. This value must be greater than or equal to the element size in bytes * width. If row_pitch is set to 0, the appropriate row pitch is calculated based on the size of each element in bytes multiplied by width.


Size in bytes of the 2D slice of the 3D region of a 3D image being read. This must be 0 if image is a 2D image. This value must be greater than or equal to row_pitch * height. If slice_pitch is set to 0, the appropriate slice pitch is calculated based on the row_pitch * height.


The pointer to a buffer in host memory where image data is to be written to.

event_wait_list , num_events_in_wait_list

Specify events that need to complete before this particular command can be executed. If event_wait_list is NULL, then this particular command does not wait on any event to complete. If event_wait_list is NULL, num_events_in_wait_list must be 0. If event_wait_list is not NULL, the list of events pointed to by event_wait_list must be valid and num_events_in_wait_list must be greater than 0. The events specified in event_wait_list act as synchronization points. The context associated with events in event_wait_list and command_queue must be the same.


Returns an event object that identifies this particular read command and can be used to query or queue a wait for this particular command to complete. event can be NULL in which case it will not be possible for the application to query the status of this command or queue a wait for this command to complete.


Calling clEnqueueReadImage to read a region of the image with the ptr argument value set to host_ptr + (origin[2] * image slice pitch + origin[1] * image row pitch + origin[0] * bytes per pixel), where host_ptr is a pointer to the memory region specified when the image being read is created with CL_MEM_USE_HOST_PTR, must meet the following requirements in order to avoid undefined behavior:

  • All commands that use this image object have finished execution before the read command begins execution.
  • The row_pitch and slice_pitch argument values in clEnqueueReadImage must be set to the image row pitch and slice pitch.
  • The image object is not mapped.
  • The image object is not used by any command-queue until the read command has finished execution.


clEnqueueReadImage returns CL_SUCCESS if the function is executed successfully. Otherwise, it returns one of the following errors.

  • CL_INVALID_COMMAND_QUEUE if command_queue is not a valid command-queue.
  • CL_INVALID_CONTEXT if the context associated with command_queue and image are not the same or if the context associated with command_queue and events in event_wait_list are not the same.
  • CL_INVALID_MEM_OBJECT if image is not a valid image object.
  • CL_INVALID_VALUE if the region being read specified by origin and region is out of bounds or if ptr is a NULL value.
  • CL_INVALID_VALUE if image is a 2D image object and origin[2] is not equal to 0 or region[2] is not equal to 1 or slice_pitch is not equal to 0.
  • CL_INVALID_EVENT_WAIT_LIST if event_wait_list is NULL and num_events_in_wait_list greater than 0, or event_wait_list is not NULL and num_events_in_wait_list is 0, or if event objects in event_wait_list are not valid events.
  • CL_INVALID_IMAGE_SIZE if image dimensions (image width, height, specified or compute row and/or slice pitch) for image are not supported by device associated with queue.
  • CL_EXEC_STATUS_ERROR_FOR_EVENTS_IN_WAIT_LIST if the read and write operations are blocking and the execution status of any of the events in event_wait_list is a negative integer value.
  • CL_INVALID_OPERATION if the device associated with command_queue does not support images (i.e. CL_DEVICE_IMAGE_SUPPORT specified in the table of OpenCL Device Queries for clGetDeviceInfo is CL_FALSE).
  • CL_MEM_OBJECT_ALLOCATION_FAILURE if there is a failure to allocate memory for data store associated with image.
  • 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

clEnqueueWriteImage, clEnqueueCopyImage

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