I am trying to map UV coordinates to indexed vertices with this code. I am using a vertex buffer, texture buffer, and index buffer (note the vertex and texture buffers are indexed in the same order)

glBindTexture(GL_TEXTURE_2D, staticTexture);

glBindBuffer(GL_ARRAY_BUFFER, textureBuffer);
glTexCoordPointer(2, GL_FLOAT, 0, 0);

glBindBuffer(GL_ARRAY_BUFFER, staticVertexBuffer);
glVertexPointer(3, GL_FLOAT, 0, 0);

glBindBuffer(GL_ELEMENT_ARRAY_BUFFER, indexBuffer);

glDrawElements(GL_QUADS, indices.size(), GL_UNSIGNED_INT, 0);

glBindBuffer(GL_ARRAY_BUFFER, 0);
glBindTexture(GL_TEXTURE_2D, 0);

but when I run the code I get this (compared to the actual image that is supposed to appear on each face)

My code for setting the indices and uv coords (one face of the cube)

uv.push_back(Vector2(0, 1));
uv.push_back(Vector2(1, 1));
uv.push_back(Vector2(1, 0));
uv.push_back(Vector2(0, 0));
indices.push_back(vertexIndexFromCoordinates(x, y, z));
indices.push_back(vertexIndexFromCoordinates(x, y, z + 1));
indices.push_back(vertexIndexFromCoordinates(x, y + 1, z + 1));
indices.push_back(vertexIndexFromCoordinates(x, y + 1, z));

run uv mapping

The only thing I can think of is that the UV's are being mapped by the vertices not the indices.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Shouldn't this be on Stack Overflow? \$\endgroup\$ Feb 14, 2014 at 13:21
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    \$\begingroup\$ This question appears to be off-topic because it is about debugging your code for you. \$\endgroup\$
    – user1430
    Feb 14, 2014 at 17:25

1 Answer 1


Yes, your UVs are being mapped to the vertices, not to the indices -- that's the way that vertex buffers work.

Your vertex isn't just the position -- it's also the color, normal, texture coordinate, and any other attributes which you've attached to it.

In a case like the one here, you'll actually need a separate copy of each vertex for each face, because they don't share texture coordinates.

  • \$\begingroup\$ So there is no way of doing this like that, where the uv coords are mapped to the indices? \$\endgroup\$ Dec 24, 2013 at 14:47
  • \$\begingroup\$ That is correct -- there is no way of associating vertex attributes such as texture coordinates with the indices used to initiate the draw call. Vertex attributes may only be associated with the vertex data itself. \$\endgroup\$ Dec 24, 2013 at 19:17
  • \$\begingroup\$ Dang, I cut my memory usage in half and the time it takes to generate the cubes in half (When I render a lot more cube) by using indices... welp back to the original way I had it, vertex arrays... \$\endgroup\$ Dec 24, 2013 at 19:19
  • \$\begingroup\$ Do note that you really only need one set of vertex buffer objects to draw as many cubes as you want (as long as they have the same texture coordinates, etc). Just use different matrices for each one, and you can draw the single set of VBOs over and over again, perhaps setting different textures for each, if you want them to have different appearances. \$\endgroup\$ Dec 24, 2013 at 19:23
  • \$\begingroup\$ Well it is Minecraft like rendering, I'm not just drawing single cubes. \$\endgroup\$ Dec 24, 2013 at 19:32

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