torch.nn.functional.grid_sample(input, grid, mode='bilinear', padding_mode='zeros', align_corners=None)[source]

Given an input and a flow-field grid, computes the output using input values and pixel locations from grid.

Currently, only spatial (4-D) and volumetric (5-D) input are supported.

In the spatial (4-D) case, for input with shape (N,C,Hin,Win)(N, C, H_\text{in}, W_\text{in}) and grid with shape (N,Hout,Wout,2)(N, H_\text{out}, W_\text{out}, 2), the output will have shape (N,C,Hout,Wout)(N, C, H_\text{out}, W_\text{out}).

For each output location output[n, :, h, w], the size-2 vector grid[n, h, w] specifies input pixel locations x and y, which are used to interpolate the output value output[n, :, h, w]. In the case of 5D inputs, grid[n, d, h, w] specifies the x, y, z pixel locations for interpolating output[n, :, d, h, w]. mode argument specifies nearest or bilinear interpolation method to sample the input pixels.

grid specifies the sampling pixel locations normalized by the input spatial dimensions. Therefore, it should have most values in the range of [-1, 1]. For example, values x = -1, y = -1 is the left-top pixel of input, and values x = 1, y = 1 is the right-bottom pixel of input.

If grid has values outside the range of [-1, 1], the corresponding outputs are handled as defined by padding_mode. Options are

  • padding_mode="zeros": use 0 for out-of-bound grid locations,

  • padding_mode="border": use border values for out-of-bound grid locations,

  • padding_mode="reflection": use values at locations reflected by the border for out-of-bound grid locations. For location far away from the border, it will keep being reflected until becoming in bound, e.g., (normalized) pixel location x = -3.5 reflects by border -1 and becomes x' = 1.5, then reflects by border 1 and becomes x'' = -0.5.


This function is often used in conjunction with affine_grid() to build Spatial Transformer Networks .


When using the CUDA backend, this operation may induce nondeterministic behaviour in its backward pass that is not easily switched off. Please see the notes on Reproducibility for background.


NaN values in grid would be interpreted as -1.

  • input (Tensor) – input of shape (N,C,Hin,Win)(N, C, H_\text{in}, W_\text{in}) (4-D case) or (N,C,Din,Hin,Win)(N, C, D_\text{in}, H_\text{in}, W_\text{in}) (5-D case)

  • grid (Tensor) – flow-field of shape (N,Hout,Wout,2)(N, H_\text{out}, W_\text{out}, 2) (4-D case) or (N,Dout,Hout,Wout,3)(N, D_\text{out}, H_\text{out}, W_\text{out}, 3) (5-D case)

  • mode (str) – interpolation mode to calculate output values 'bilinear' | 'nearest' | 'bicubic'. Default: 'bilinear' Note: mode='bicubic' supports only 4-D input. When mode='bilinear' and the input is 5-D, the interpolation mode used internally will actually be trilinear. However, when the input is 4-D, the interpolation mode will legitimately be bilinear.

  • padding_mode (str) – padding mode for outside grid values 'zeros' | 'border' | 'reflection'. Default: 'zeros'

  • align_corners (bool, optional) – Geometrically, we consider the pixels of the input as squares rather than points. If set to True, the extrema (-1 and 1) are considered as referring to the center points of the input’s corner pixels. If set to False, they are instead considered as referring to the corner points of the input’s corner pixels, making the sampling more resolution agnostic. This option parallels the align_corners option in interpolate(), and so whichever option is used here should also be used there to resize the input image before grid sampling. Default: False


output Tensor

Return type:

output (Tensor)


When align_corners = True, the grid positions depend on the pixel size relative to the input image size, and so the locations sampled by grid_sample() will differ for the same input given at different resolutions (that is, after being upsampled or downsampled). The default behavior up to version 1.2.0 was align_corners = True. Since then, the default behavior has been changed to align_corners = False, in order to bring it in line with the default for interpolate().


mode='bicubic' is implemented using the cubic convolution algorithm with α=0.75\alpha=-0.75. The constant α\alpha might be different from packages to packages. For example, PIL and OpenCV use -0.5 and -0.75 respectively. This algorithm may “overshoot” the range of values it’s interpolating. For example, it may produce negative values or values greater than 255 when interpolating input in [0, 255]. Clamp the results with :func: torch.clamp to ensure they are within the valid range.


Access comprehensive developer documentation for PyTorch

View Docs


Get in-depth tutorials for beginners and advanced developers

View Tutorials


Find development resources and get your questions answered

View Resources