Creates a sampler object.

cl_sampler clCreateSamplerWithProperties ( cl_context context,
  const cl_sampler_properties *sampler_properties,
  cl_int *errcode_ret)



Must be a valid OpenCL context.


Specifies a list of sampler property names and their corresponding values. Each sampler property name is immediately followed by the corresponding desired value. The list is terminated with 0. The list of supported properties is described in the table below. If a supported property and its value is not specified in sampler_properties, its default value will be used. sampler_properties can be NULL in which case the default values for supported sampler properties will be used.

cl_sampler_properties enum Property Value Description

A boolean value that specifies whether the image coordinates specified are normalized or not.

The default value (i.e. the value used if this property is not specified in sampler_properties) is CL_TRUE.


Specifies how out-of-range image coordinates are handled when reading from an image.

Valid values are:


The default is CL_ADDRESS_CLAMP.


Specifies the type of filter that must be applied when reading an image. Valid values are:


The default is CL_FILTER_NEAREST.

If the cl_khr_mipmap_image extension is supported, the following sampler properties can be specified when a sampler object is created using clCreateSamplerWithProperties:

cl_sampler_properties enum Property Value Default Value

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


A sampler object describes how to sample an image when the image is read in the kernel. The built-in functions to read from an image in a kernel take a sampler as an argument. The sampler arguments to the image read function can be sampler objects created using OpenCL functions and passed as argument values to the kernel or can be samplers declared inside a kernel.

For more information about working with samplers, see sampler_t

If the cl_khr_mipmap_image extension is supported, the sampler properties CL_SAMPLER_MIP_FILTER_MODE, CL_SAMPLER_LOD_MIN and CL_SAMPLER_LOD_MAX cannot be specified with any samplers initialized in the OpenCL program source. Only the default values for these properties will be used. To create a sampler with specific values for these properties, a sampler object must be created with clCreateSamplerWithProperties and passed as an argument to a kernel.


Returns a valid non-zero sampler object and errcode_ret is set to CL_SUCCESS if the sampler 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 the property name in sampler_properties is not a supported property name, if the value specified for a supported property name is not valid, or if the same property name is specified more than once.
  • CL_INVALID_OPERATION if images are not supported by any device associated with context (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

clRetainSampler, clReleaseSampler, clGetSamplerInfo sampler_t, cl_khr_mipmap_image

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