VIDIOC_CREATE_BUFS — Create buffers for Memory Mapped or User Pointer I/O


int ioctl(int fd,
 int request,
 struct v4l2_create_buffers *argp);



File descriptor returned by open().





This ioctl is used to create buffers for memory mapped or user pointer I/O. It can be used as an alternative or in addition to the VIDIOC_REQBUFS ioctl, when a tighter control over buffers is required. This ioctl can be called multiple times to create buffers of different sizes.

To allocate device buffers applications initialize relevant fields of the v4l2_create_buffers structure. They set the type field in the v4l2_format structure, embedded in this structure, to the respective stream or buffer type. count must be set to the number of required buffers. memory specifies the required I/O method. The format field shall typically be filled in using either the VIDIOC_TRY_FMT or VIDIOC_G_FMT ioctl(). Additionally, applications can adjust sizeimage fields to fit their specific needs. The reserved array must be zeroed.

When the ioctl is called with a pointer to this structure the driver will attempt to allocate up to the requested number of buffers and store the actual number allocated and the starting index in the count and the index fields respectively. On return count can be smaller than the number requested. The driver may also increase buffer sizes if required, however, it will not update sizeimage field values. The user has to use VIDIOC_QUERYBUF to retrieve that information.

Table A.1. struct v4l2_create_buffers

__u32indexThe starting buffer index, returned by the driver.
__u32countThe number of buffers requested or granted.
enum v4l2_memorymemoryApplications set this field to V4L2_MEMORY_MMAP or V4L2_MEMORY_USERPTR.
struct v4l2_formatformatFilled in by the application, preserved by the driver.
__u32reserved[8]A place holder for future extensions.

Return Value

On success 0 is returned, on error -1 and the errno variable is set appropriately. The generic error codes are described at the Generic Error Codes chapter.


No memory to allocate buffers for memory mapped I/O.


The buffer type (type field) or the requested I/O method (memory) is not supported.