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Core in version 4.6
Core since version 4.3
Core ARB extension ARB_invalidate_subdata

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

Function Definition

 void glInvalidateSubFramebuffer(GLenum target​, GLsizei numAttachments​, const GLenum * attachments​, GLint x​, GLint y​, GLint width​, GLint height​);
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.
The X offset of the region to be invalidated.
The Y offset of the region to be invalidated.
The width of the region to be invalidated.
The height of the region to be invalidated.


glInvalidateSubFramebuffer invalidates the content of a region 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.

A region within a subset of the framebuffer's attachments may be invalidated. This set of attachments 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.

The region of the framebuffer attachments to be invalidated is specified by x​, y​, width​ and height​ where x​ and y​ give the offset from the origin (with lower-left corner at (0, 0)) and width​ and height​ give the size. Any pixels lying outside of the window allocated to the current GL context, or outside of the attachments of the currently bound framebuffer object, are ignored. After glInvalidateFramebuffer is executed, the contents of the specified region 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, glInvalidateFramebuffer.


Copyright © 2012 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.