glSecondaryColor — set the current secondary color

C Specification

void glSecondaryColor3b(GLbyte red,
 GLbyte green,
 GLbyte blue);
void glSecondaryColor3s(GLshort red,
 GLshort green,
 GLshort blue);
void glSecondaryColor3i(GLint red,
 GLint green,
 GLint blue);
void glSecondaryColor3f(GLfloat red,
 GLfloat green,
 GLfloat blue);
void glSecondaryColor3d(GLdouble red,
 GLdouble green,
 GLdouble blue);
void glSecondaryColor3ub(GLubyte red,
 GLubyte green,
 GLubyte blue);
void glSecondaryColor3us(GLushort red,
 GLushort green,
 GLushort blue);
void glSecondaryColor3ui(GLuint red,
 GLuint green,
 GLuint blue);


red, green, blue

Specify new red, green, and blue values for the current secondary color.

C Specification

void glSecondaryColor3bv(const GLbyte * v);
void glSecondaryColor3sv(const GLshort * v);
void glSecondaryColor3iv(const GLint * v);
void glSecondaryColor3fv(const GLfloat * v);
void glSecondaryColor3dv(const GLdouble * v);
void glSecondaryColor3ubv(const GLubyte * v);
void glSecondaryColor3usv(const GLushort * v);
void glSecondaryColor3uiv(const GLuint * v);



Specifies a pointer to an array that contains red, green, blue.


The GL stores both a primary four-valued RGBA color and a secondary four-valued RGBA color (where alpha is always set to 0.0) that is associated with every vertex.

The secondary color is interpolated and applied to each fragment during rasterization when GL_COLOR_SUM is enabled. When lighting is enabled, and GL_SEPARATE_SPECULAR_COLOR is specified, the value of the secondary color is assigned the value computed from the specular term of the lighting computation. Both the primary and secondary current colors are applied to each fragment, regardless of the state of GL_COLOR_SUM, under such conditions. When GL_SEPARATE_SPECULAR_COLOR is specified, the value returned from querying the current secondary color is undefined.

glSecondaryColor3b, glSecondaryColor3s, and glSecondaryColor3i take three signed byte, short, or long integers as arguments. When v is appended to the name, the color commands can take a pointer to an array of such values.

Color values are stored in floating-point format, with unspecified mantissa and exponent sizes. Unsigned integer color components, when specified, are linearly mapped to floating-point values such that the largest representable value maps to 1.0 (full intensity), and 0 maps to 0.0 (zero intensity). Signed integer color components, when specified, are linearly mapped to floating-point values such that the most positive representable value maps to 1.0, and the most negative representable value maps to -1.0 . (Note that this mapping does not convert 0 precisely to 0.0). Floating-point values are mapped directly.

Neither floating-point nor signed integer values are clamped to the range 0 1 before the current color is updated. However, color components are clamped to this range before they are interpolated or written into a color buffer.


glSecondaryColor is available only if the GL version is 1.4 or greater.

The initial value for the secondary color is (0, 0, 0, 0).

The secondary color can be updated at any time. In particular, glSecondaryColor can be called between a call to glBegin and the corresponding call to glEnd.

Associated Gets


glGet with argument GL_RGBA_MODE

glIsEnabled with argument GL_COLOR_SUM

See Also

glColor, glIndex, glIsEnabled, glLightModel, glSecondaryColorPointer


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