The glLoadName function loads a name onto the name stack.

void glLoadName(
  GLuint name


A name that will replace the top value on the name stack.


The glLoadName function causes name to replace the value on the top of the name stack, which is initially empty. The name stack is used during selection mode to allow sets of rendering commands to be uniquely identified. It consists of an ordered set of unsigned integers.

The name stack is always empty while the render mode is not GL_SELECT. Calls to glLoadName while the render mode is not GL_SELECT are ignored.

The following functions retrieve information related to glLoadName:

glGet with argument GL_NAME_STACK_DEPTH

glGet with argument GL_MAX_NAME_STACK_DEPTH

Error Codes

The following are the error codes generated and their conditions.

Error code Condition
GL_INVALID_OPERATION glLoadName was called while the name stack was empty.
GL_INVALID_OPERATION glLoadName was called between a call to glBegin and the corresponding call to glEnd.


  Windows NT/2000: Requires Windows NT 3.5 or later.
  Windows 95/98: Requires Windows 95 or later. Available as a redistributable for Windows 95.
  Header: Declared in Gl.h.
  Library: Use Opengl32.lib.

See Also

glBegin, glEnd, glInitNames, glPushName, glRenderMode, glSelectBuffer


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