I am trying to render a quad with gl render mode GL_TRIANGLES with using element array buffer. Here is some code to explain process. Only the first 3 elements of indices array are drawn as expected. But following indices doesn't drawn at all.

Mesh Creation

glm::vec3 vertices[] = { glm::vec3(-1, 1, 0),
                          glm::vec3(-1, -1, 0),
                          glm::vec3(1, -1, 0),
                          glm::vec3(1, 1, 0)

glm::vec2 textures[] = { glm::vec2(1, 0),
                          glm::vec2(0, 0),
                          glm::vec2(0, 1),
                          glm::vec2(1, 1)

unsigned int indices[] = { 0, 1, 3, 3, 1, 2};
Mesh* mesh = new Mesh(vertices, sizeof(vertices) / sizeof(glm::vec3), textures, sizeof(textures) / sizeof(glm::vec2), indices, sizeof(indices) / sizeof(unsigned int), texture);

Mesh Class


void Mesh::InitMesh(vec3* vertices, unsigned int numVertices, vec2* textureCoords, unsigned int numTextureCoords, unsigned int* indices, unsigned int numIndices) {
     this->numIndices = numIndices;

    // Generate VAO and bind
    glGenVertexArrays(1, &vaoID);
    // Generate VBOs
    glGenBuffers(3, vboIDs);
    // Bind Position Buffer, Buffer Position Data
    glBindBuffer(GL_ARRAY_BUFFER, vboIDs[0]);
    glBufferData(GL_ARRAY_BUFFER, numVertices * sizeof(vec3), vertices, GL_STATIC_DRAW);
    glVertexAttribPointer(0, 3, GL_FLOAT, GL_FALSE, 0, 0);
    // Buffer TextureCoord Data
    glBindBuffer(GL_ARRAY_BUFFER, vboIDs[1]);
    glBufferData(GL_ARRAY_BUFFER, numTextureCoords * sizeof(vec2), textureCoords, GL_STATIC_DRAW);
    glVertexAttribPointer(1, 2, GL_FLOAT, GL_FALSE, 0, 0);
    // Buffer Indices Data
    glBindBuffer(GL_ELEMENT_ARRAY_BUFFER, vboIDs[2]);
    glBufferData(GL_ELEMENT_ARRAY_BUFFER, numIndices * sizeof(unsigned int), indices, GL_STATIC_DRAW);
    // Unbind VAO

void Mesh::Draw() {
    glDrawElements(GL_TRIANGLES, numIndices, GL_UNSIGNED_INT, 0);
  • \$\begingroup\$ Is the index buffer bound when you call drawElements? \$\endgroup\$ – Bálint Nov 6 at 11:56
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Bálint Yes, On InitMesh function(it is called by constructor). Fourth line from bottom of InitMesh. \$\endgroup\$ – Barış Doğa Yavaş Nov 6 at 11:57
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    \$\begingroup\$ @BarışDoğaYavaş Please post an answer instead of putting the solution in your question, so others can see it has an answer. \$\endgroup\$ – Ian Young Nov 6 at 13:06


After several hours of searching found the issue on creation of vboIDs[]. I was creating it by size 2, changed it to 3 and fixed the issue.

  • \$\begingroup\$ If your variable vboIDs was a std::vector<GLuint>, then you could do // Generate VBOs vboIDs.resize(3); glGenBuffers(vboIDs.size(), &vboIDs[0]); to avoid having to update 2 places with the constant 3. \$\endgroup\$ – torbjoernwh Nov 7 at 9:38

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