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Force the rendering context to flush any pending commands to the underlying rendering API.


int SDL_RenderFlush(SDL_Renderer *renderer);

Function Parameters

renderer the rendering context

Return Value

Returns 0 on success or a negative error code on failure; call SDL_GetError() for more information.


You do not need to (and in fact, shouldn't) call this function unless you are planning to call into OpenGL/Direct3D/Metal/whatever directly in addition to using an SDL_Renderer.

This is for a very-specific case: if you are using SDL's render API, you asked for a specific renderer backend (OpenGL, Direct3D, etc), you set SDL_HINT_RENDER_BATCHING to "1", and you plan to make OpenGL/D3D/whatever calls in addition to SDL render API calls. If all of this applies, you should call SDL_RenderFlush() between calls to SDL's render API and the low-level API you're using in cooperation.

In all other cases, you can ignore this function. This is only here to get maximum performance out of a specific situation. In all other cases, SDL will do the right thing, perhaps at a performance loss.

This function is first available in SDL 2.0.10, and is not needed in 2.0.9 and earlier, as earlier versions did not queue rendering commands at all, instead flushing them to the OS immediately.


This function is available since SDL 3.0.0.


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