GLAPI/glDrawArraysInstanced

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glDrawArraysInstanced
Core in version 4.5
Core since version 3.1

glDrawArraysInstanced: draw multiple instances of a range of elements

Function Definition

 void glDrawArraysInstanced(GLenum mode​, GLint first​, GLsizei count​, GLsizei primcount​);
mode
Specifies what kind of primitives to render. Symbolic constants GL_POINTS, GL_LINE_STRIP, GL_LINE_LOOP, GL_LINES, GL_TRIANGLE_STRIP, GL_TRIANGLE_FAN, GL_TRIANGLES, GL_LINES_ADJACENCY, GL_LINE_STRIP_ADJACENCY, GL_TRIANGLES_ADJACENCY, GL_TRIANGLE_STRIP_ADJACENCY and GL_PATCHES are accepted.
first
Specifies the starting index in the enabled arrays.
count
Specifies the number of indices to be rendered.
primcount
Specifies the number of instances of the specified range of indices to be rendered.

Description

glDrawArraysInstanced behaves identically to glDrawArrays except that primcount​ instances of the range of elements are executed and the value of the internal counter instanceID​ advances for each iteration. instanceID​ is an internal 32-bit integer counter that may be read by a vertex shader as gl_InstanceID.

glDrawArraysInstanced has the same effect as:

    if ( mode or count is invalid )
        generate appropriate error
    else {
        for (int i = 0; i < primcount ; i++) {
            instanceID = i;
            glDrawArrays(mode, first, count);
        }
        instanceID = 0;
    }

Errors

GL_INVALID_ENUM is generated if mode​ is not one of the accepted values.

GL_INVALID_OPERATION is generated if a geometry shader is active and mode​ is incompatible with the input primitive type of the geometry shader in the currently installed program object.

GL_INVALID_VALUE is generated if count​ or primcount​ are negative.

GL_INVALID_OPERATION is generated if a non-zero buffer object name is bound to an enabled array and the buffer object's data store is currently mapped.

See Also

glBindVertexArray, glDrawArrays, glDrawArraysIndirect, glDrawArraysInstancedBaseInstance, glMultiDrawArrays, glMultiDrawArraysIndirect

Copyright

Copyright © 2010 Khronos Group. This material may be distributed subject to the terms and conditions set forth in the Open Publication License, v 1.0, 8 June 1999. http://opencontent.org/openpub/.