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GPURenderPassEncoder: drawIndexedIndirect() method

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The drawIndexedIndirect() method of the GPURenderPassEncoder interface draws indexed primitives using parameters read from a GPUBuffer.



drawIndexedIndirect(indirectBuffer, indirectOffset)



A GPUBuffer containing the indexCount, instanceCount, firstIndex, baseVertex, and firstInstance values needed to carry out the drawing operation. The buffer must contain a tightly packed block of five 32-bit unsigned integer values representing the values (20 bytes total), given in the same order as the arguments for GPURenderPassEncoder.drawIndexed(). So for example:


const uint32 = new Uint32Array(5);
uint32[0] = 3; // The indexCount value
uint32[1] = 1; // The instanceCount value
uint32[2] = 0; // The firstIndex value
uint32[3] = 0; // The baseVertex value
uint32[4] = 0; // The firstInstance value

// Write values into a GPUBuffer
device.queue.writeBuffer(buffer, 0, uint32, 0, uint32.length);

The offset, in bytes, into indirectBuffer where the value data begins.

Return value

None (Undefined).


The following criteria must be met when calling drawIndirect(), otherwise a GPUValidationError is generated and the GPURenderPassEncoder becomes invalid:

  • indirectBuffer's GPUBuffer.usage contains the GPUBufferUsage.INDIRECT flag.
  • indirectOffset + the total size specified by the value parameters in the indirectBuffer is less than or equal to the indirectBuffer's GPUBuffer.size.
  • indirectOffset is a multiple of 4.



// ...

// Create GPURenderPassEncoder
const passEncoder = commandEncoder.beginRenderPass(renderPassDescriptor);

// Set pipeline and vertex buffer
passEncoder.setVertexBuffer(0, vertexBuffer);
passEncoder.setIndexBuffer(indexBuffer, "uint16");

// Create drawIndexedIndirect values
const uint32 = new Uint32Array(5);
uint32[0] = 3;
uint32[1] = 1;
uint32[2] = 0;
uint32[3] = 0;
uint32[4] = 0;

// Create a GPUBuffer and write the draw values into it
const drawValues = device.createBuffer({
  size: 20,
  usage: GPUBufferUsage.COPY_DST | GPUBufferUsage.INDIRECT,
device.queue.writeBuffer(drawValues, 0, uint32, 0, uint32.length);

// Draw the vertices
passEncoder.drawIndexedIndirect(drawValues, 0);

// End the render pass

// End frame by passing array of GPUCommandBuffers to command queue for execution

// ...


Browser compatibility

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113Currently supported on ChromeOS, macOS, and Windows only.
113Currently supported on ChromeOS, macOS, and Windows only.
previewCurrently supported on Linux and Windows only.
99Currently supported on ChromeOS, macOS, and Windows only.
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