glColorMask — enable and disable writing of frame buffer color components

C Specification

void glColorMask(GLboolean red,
 GLboolean green,
 GLboolean blue,
 GLboolean alpha);


red, green, blue, alpha

Specify whether red, green, blue, and alpha can or cannot be written into the frame buffer. The initial values are all GL_TRUE, indicating that the color components can be written.


glColorMask specifies whether the individual color components in the frame buffer can or cannot be written. If red is GL_FALSE, for example, no change is made to the red component of any pixel in any of the color buffers, regardless of the drawing operation attempted.

Changes to individual bits of components cannot be controlled. Rather, changes are either enabled or disabled for entire color components.

Associated Gets

glGet with argument GL_COLOR_WRITEMASK

See Also

glClear, glDepthMask, glStencilMask


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