TIFFWriteScanline - write a scanline to an open TIFF file
int TIFFWriteScanline(TIFF *tif, tdata_t buf, uint32_t row, tsample_t
Write data to a file at the specified row. The sample parameter is used
only if data are organized in separate planes (PlanarConfiguration=2).
The data are assumed to be uncompressed and in the native bit- and
byte-order of the host machine. The data written to the file is com‐
pressed according to the compression scheme of the current TIFF direc‐
tory (see further below). If the current scanline is past the end of
the current subfile, the ImageLength field is automatically increased
to include the scanline (except for PlanarConfiguration=2, where the
ImageLength cannot be changed once the first data are written). If the
ImageLength is increased, the StripOffsets and StripByteCounts fields
are similarly enlarged to reflect data written past the previous end of
The library writes encoded data using the native machine byte order.
Correctly implemented TIFF readers are expected to do any necessary
byte-swapping to correctly process image data with BitsPerSample
greater than 8. The library attempts to hide bit-ordering differences
between the image and the native machine by converting data from the
native machine order.
In C++ the sample parameter defaults to 0.
Once data are written to a file for the current directory, the values
of certain tags may not be altered; see TIFFSetField(3TIFF) for more
It is not possible to write scanlines to a file that uses a tiled orga‐
nization. The routine TIFFIsTiled can be used to determine if the file
is organized as tiles or strips.
TIFFWriteScanline returns -1 if it immediately detects an error and 1
for a successful write.
All error messages are directed to the TIFFError(3TIFF) routine.
%s: File not open for writing . The file was opened for reading, not
Can not write scanlines to a tiled image. An attempt was made to write
a scanline to a tiled image. The image is assumed to be organized in
tiles because the TileWidth and TileLength tags have been set with
Compression algorithm does not support random access. Data was written
in a non-sequential order to a file that uses a compression algorithm
and that has RowsPerStrip greater than one. That is, data in the image
is to be stored in a compressed form, and with multiple rows packed
into a strip. In this case, the library does not support random access
to the data. The data should either be written as entire strips, se‐
quentially by rows, or the value of RowsPerStrip should be set to one.
%s: Must set "ImageWidth" before writing data. The image's width has
not be set before the first write. See TIFFSetField(3TIFF) for infor‐
mation on how to do this.
%s: Must set "PlanarConfiguration" before writing data. The organiza‐
tion of data has not be defined before the first write. See TIFFSet‐
Field(3TIFF) for information on how to do this.
Can not change "ImageLength" when using separate planes. Separate image
planes are being used (PlanarConfiguration=2), but the number of rows
has not been specified before the first write. The library supports the
dynamic growth of an image only when data are organized in a contiguous
%d: Sample out of range, max %d. The sample parameter was greater than
the value of the SamplesPerPixel tag.
%s: No space for strip arrays . There was not enough space for the ar‐
rays that hold strip offsets and byte counts.
Writing subsampled YCbCR data does not work correctly because, for Pla‐
narConfiguration=2 the size of a scanline is not calculated on a per-
sample basis, and for PlanarConfiguration=1 the library does not pack
the block-interleaved samples.
TIFFOpen(3TIFF), TIFFWriteEncodedStrip(3TIFF), TIFFWriteRaw‐
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