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Get the human readable name of a pixel format.


const char* SDL_GetPixelFormatName(Uint32 format);

Function Parameters

format the pixel format to query

Return Value

Returns the human readable name of the specified pixel format or SDL_PIXELFORMAT_UNKNOWN if the format isn't recognized.


This function is available since SDL 3.0.0.

Code Examples

SDL_Surface* surface = ...; // a valid surface from wherever.
SDL_PixelFormat* pixelFormat = surface->format;
Uint32 pixelFormatEnum = pixelFormat->format;
const char* surfacePixelFormatName = SDL_GetPixelFormatName(pixelFormatEnum);
SDL_Log("The surface's pixelformat is %s", surfacePixelFormatName);
// prints something like "The surface's pixelformat is SDL_PIXELFORMAT_ABGR8888"

CategoryAPI, CategoryPixels

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