Trung Bún Trung Bún - 3 months ago 69
C++ Question

OpenGL: drawing a cube

I just started to learn about OpenGL and this is my first program to draw a cube. I'm quite lost here as I was able to draw a rectangle by specifying coordinates for the rectangle in 2d, but I can't draw the cube by specifying coordinates in (x, y, z) format. What am I missing here?

Here is the code:

#include <GL/glew.h>
#include <GL/gl.h>
#include <math.h>
#include <GLFW/glfw3.h>
#include <stdio.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <iostream>

// Open an OpenGL window
GLFWwindow* window;

/****Step 1: define vertices in (x, y, z) form****/

// Coordinates to draw a cube
const GLdouble coordinates[8][3] = {
{-0.5, -0.5, -0.5},
{0.5, -0.5, -0.5},
{0.5, -0.5, 0.5},
{-0.5, -0.5, 0.5},
{-0.5, 0.5, 0.5},
{-0.5, 0.5, -0.5},
{0.5, 0.5, -0.5},
{0.5, 0.5, 0.5}

int main( void ) {
if (!glfwInit()){
fprintf(stderr, "Failed to initialize GLFW.\n");
return -1;

// Create a windowed mode window and its OpenGL context
window = glfwCreateWindow(700, 500, "Hello World", NULL, NULL);
if (window == NULL) {
fprintf(stderr, "glfw failed to create window.\n");
return -1;
// Make the window's context current

if (glewInit() != GLEW_OK){
fprintf(stderr, "Failed to initialize GLEW: %s.\n", glewGetErrorString(glewInit()));
return -1;
// 4x anti aliasing
glfwWindowHint(GLFW_SAMPLES, 4);

int cube_size = sizeof(coordinates)/sizeof(coordinates[0]);
/**Step 2: send this cube vertices to OpenGL through a buffer**/
GLuint vertexBuffer; // Declare vertex buffer
glGenBuffers(1, &vertexBuffer); // generating 1 buffer, put resulting identifier in this buffer
glBindBuffer(GL_ARRAY_BUFFER, vertexBuffer);
glBufferData(GL_ARRAY_BUFFER, cube_size*12, coordinates, GL_STATIC_DRAW);

std::cout << sizeof(coordinates)/sizeof(coordinates[0]);

/**Step 3: Main loop for OpenGL draw the shape**
/* Main loop */
glClearColor(1.0, 0.1, 0.1, .0);

glBindBuffer(GL_ARRAY_BUFFER, vertexBuffer);
glVertexAttribPointer(0, 3, GL_FLOAT, GL_FALSE, 0, (void*)0);
glDrawArrays(GL_LINE_LOOP, 0, cube_size);

// Swap front and back rendering buffers
//Poll for and process events
} // check if the ESC key was pressed or the window was closed
while(glfwGetKey(window, GLFW_KEY_ESCAPE) != GLFW_PRESS && glfwWindowShouldClose(window) == 0);

// Close window and terminate GLFW
// Exit program


You have a type mismatch in your program. In this declaration:

glVertexAttribPointer(0, 3, GL_FLOAT, GL_FALSE, 0, (void*)0);

you are saying to OpenGL to interpret your data as float, but your coordinates points are declared double.

I suggest you to change GLdouble to GLfloat at coordinate type declaration.

By the way, with those points you will not get a cube, but only a partial sketch of it