The glFlush function forces execution of OpenGL functions in finite time.

void glFlush( void );


This function has no parameters.


Different OpenGL implementations buffer commands in several different locations, including network buffers and the graphics accelerator itself. The glFlush function empties all these buffers, causing all issued commands to be executed as quickly as they are accepted by the actual rendering engine. Though this execution may not be completed in any particular time period, it does complete in a finite amount of time.

Because any OpenGL program might be executed over a network, or on an accelerator that buffers commands, be sure to call glFlush in any programs requiring that all of their previously issued commands have been completed. For example, call glFlush before waiting for user input that depends on the generated image.

The glFlush function can return at any time. It does not wait until the execution of all previously issued OpenGL functions is complete.

Error Codes

The following is the error code generated and its condition.

Error code Condition
GL_INVALID_OPERATION glFlush was called between a call to glBegin and the corresponding call to glEnd.


  Windows NT/2000: Requires Windows NT 3.5 or later.
  Windows 95/98: Requires Windows 95 or later. Available as a redistributable for Windows 95.
  Header: Declared in Gl.h.
  Library: Use Opengl32.lib.

See Also

glBegin, glEnd, glFinish


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