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Core in version 4.6
Core since version 1.1

glCopyTexSubImage3D: copy a three-dimensional texture subimage

Function Definition

 void glCopyTexSubImage3D(GLenum target​, GLint level​, GLint xoffset​, GLint yoffset​, GLint zoffset​, GLint x​, GLint y​, GLsizei width​, GLsizei height​);
Specifies the target texture. Must be GL_TEXTURE_3D, GL_TEXTURE_2D_ARRAY, or GL_TEXTURE_CUBE_MAP_ARRAY.
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 a texel offset in the z direction within the texture array.
x, y
Specify the window coordinates of the lower left corner of the rectangular region of pixels to be copied.
Specifies the width of the texture subimage.
Specifies the height of the texture subimage.


glCopyTexSubImage3D replaces a rectangular portion of a three-dimensional or two-dimensional array texture image with pixels from the current GL_READ_BUFFER (rather than from main memory, as is the case for glTexSubImage3D).

The screen-aligned pixel rectangle with lower left corner at (x​, y​) and with width width​ and height height​ replaces the portion of the texture array with x indices xoffset​ through xoffset + width - 1, inclusive, and y indices yoffset​ through yoffset + height - 1, inclusive, at z index zoffset​ and at the mipmap level specified by level​.

The pixels in the rectangle are processed exactly as if glReadPixels had been called, but the process stops just before final conversion. At this point, all pixel component values are clamped to the range [0, 1] and then converted to the texture's internal format for storage in the texel array.

The destination rectangle in the texture array may not include any texels outside 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.

If any of the pixels within the specified rectangle of the current GL_READ_BUFFER are outside the read window associated with the current rendering context, then the values obtained for those pixels are undefined.

No change is made to the internalformat, width, height, depth, or border parameters of the specified texture array or to texel values outside the specified subregion.


glPixelStore modes affect texture images.



GL_INVALID_OPERATION is generated if the texture array has not been defined by a previous glTexImage3D operation.

GL_INVALID_VALUE is generated if level​ is less than 0.

GL_INVALID_VALUE may be generated if level​ is greater than log2(max), where max is the returned value of GL_MAX_3D_TEXTURE_SIZE if target​ is GL_TEXTURE_3D or the returned value of GL_MAX_ARRAY_TEXTURE_LAYERS if target​ is GL_TEXTURE_2D_ARRAY.

GL_INVALID_VALUE is generated if xoffset < 0, xoffset + width > w, yoffset < 0, yoffset + height > h, zoffset < 0 or zoffset > d, where w is the GL_TEXTURE_WIDTH, h is the GL_TEXTURE_HEIGHT, and d is the GL_TEXTURE_DEPTH.

Associated Gets


See Also

glActiveTexture, glBindTexture, glBindFramebuffer, glCopyImageSubData, glCopyTexSubImage1D, glCopyTexSubImage2D, glReadBuffer


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