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Core in version 4.5
Core since version 4.3
Core ARB extension ARB_invalidate_subdata

glInvalidateFramebuffer: invalidate the content some or all of a framebuffer object's attachments

Function Definition

 void glInvalidateFramebuffer(GLenum target​, GLsizei numAttachments​, const GLenum * attachments​);
The target to which the framebuffer is attached. target​ must be GL_FRAMEBUFFER​, GL_DRAW_FRAMEBUFFER​, or GL_READ_FRAMEBUFFER​.
The number of entries in the attachments​ array.
The address of an array identifying the attachments to be invalidated.


glInvalidateFramebuffer invalidates the content of a specified set of attachments of a framebuffer. The framebuffer whose content to invalidate is indicated by setting target​ to the target to which it is bound. target​ may be GL_FRAMEBUFFER​, GL_READ_FRAMEBUFFER​ or GL_DRAW_FRAMEBUFFER​. GL_FRAMEBUFFER​ is treated as if it were GL_DRAW_FRAMEBUFFER​.

The set of attachments whose content to invalidate are specified in an array whose address is given by attachments​ and which contains numAttachments​ elements. The elements of attachments​ must be GL_DEPTH_ATTACHMENT​, GL_STENCIL_ATTACHMENT​GL_DEPTH_STENCIL_ATTACHMENT​, or GL_COLOR_ATTACHMENTi, where i is between zero and the value of GL_MAX_FRAMEBUFFER_ATTACHMENTS​ minus one. Furthermore, if the default framebuffer is bound to target​, then attachments​ may contain GL_FRONT_LEFT​, GL_FRONT_RIGHT​, GL_BACK_LEFT​, GL_BACK_RIGHT​, GL_AUXi, GL_ACCUM​, GL_COLOR​, GL_DEPTH​, or GL_STENCIL​, identifying that specific buffer. GL_COLOR​, is treated as GL_BACK_LEFT​ for a double-buffered context and GL_FRONT_LEFT​ for a single-buffered context. After glInvalidateFramebuffer is executed, the contents of the specified attachments become undefined.


GL_INVALID_ENUM​ is generated if target​ is not one of the accepted framebuffer target tokens.

GL_INVALID_ENUM​ is generated if any element of attachments​ is not one of the accepted framebuffer attachment tokens.

GL_INVALID_OPERATION​ is generated if element of attachments​ is GL_COLOR_ATTACHMENTi where i is greater than or equal to the value of GL_MAX_COLOR_ATTACHMENTS​.

Associated Gets

glGet with argument GL_MAX_COLOR_ATTACHMENTS​

See Also

glBindBuffer, glInvalidateSubFramebuffer.


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