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The WebGL2RenderingContext.clearBuffer[fiuv]() methods of the WebGL 2 API clear buffers from the currently bound framebuffer.


void gl.clearBufferiv(buffer, drawBuffer, value);
void gl.clearBufferuiv(buffer, drawBuffer, value);
void gl.clearBufferfv(buffer, drawBuffer, value);
void gl.clearBufferfi(buffer, drawBuffer, depth, stencil);


A GLenum specifying the buffer to clear. Possible values are:
  • gl.COLOR: Color buffer.
  • gl.DEPTH: Depth buffer.
  • gl.STENCIL: Stencil buffer.
  • gl.DEPTH_STENCIL: clears depth and stencil buffers (used with clearBufferfi).
A GLint specifying the draw buffer to clear.
An Array of GLintGLuint or GLfloat values or
an Int32Array, Uint32Array or Float32Array specifying the values to clear to.
A GLfloat specifying the value to clear a depth render buffer to.
A GLint specifying the value to clear the stencil render buffer to.

Return value



gl.clearBufferiv(gl.COLOR, 0, new Int32Array([r, g, b, a]));
gl.clearBufferuiv(gl.COLOR, 0, new Uint32Array([r, g, b, a]));
gl.clearBufferfv(gl.COLOR, 0, new Float32Array([r, g, b, a]));
gl.clearBufferfv(gl.COLOR, 0, [0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0]);
gl.clearBufferfi(gl.DEPTH_STENCIL, 0, 1.0, 0);


Specification Status Comment
WebGL 2.0
The definition of 'clearBuffer[fiuv]()' in that specification.
Editor's Draft Initial definition for WebGL.
OpenGL ES 3.0
The definition of 'glClearBuffer' in that specification.
Standard Man page of the (similar) OpenGL API.

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support No support [2] Nightly build [1] No support No support No support
Feature Android Chrome for Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support No support No support No support No support No support No support

[1] WebGL 2 is enabled by default in Firefox Nightly. To enable it in a release version of Firefox, set the preference webgl.enable-prototype-webgl2 to true in about:config.

[2] To use an experimental implementation of WebGL 2 in Chrome, you have to start Chrome with the runtime flag --enable-unsafe-es3-apis.

See also

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