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gl_Position — contains the position of the current vertex


gl_Position is a member of the gl_PerVertex named block:

    out gl_PerVertex {
        vec4 gl_Position;
        float gl_PointSize;
        float gl_ClipDistance[];


In the vertex, tessellation evaluation and geometry languages, a single global instance of the gl_PerVertex named block is available and its gl_Position member is an output that receives the homogeneous vertex position. It may be written at any time during shader execution. The value written to gl_Position will be used by primitive assembly, clipping, culling and other fixed functionality operations, if present, that operate on primitives after vertex processing has occurred.

In the tessellation control language, the gl_PerVertex named block is used to construct an array, gl_out[], whose gl_Position members hold the homogeneous control point position, which become available as inputs to the subsequent tessellation evaluation shader.

The value of gl_Position (or the gl_Position member of the gl_out[] array, in the case of the tessellation control shader) is undefined after the vertex, tessellation control, and tessellation evaluation shading stages if the corresponding shader executable does not write to gl_Position. It is also undefined after the geometry processing stage if the geometry shader executable calls EmitVertex without having written gl_Position since the last call to EmitVertex (or hasn't written it at all).

In the tessellation control, tessellation evaluation and geometry languages, the gl_PerVertex named block is used to construct an array, gl_in[] of per-vertex or per-control point inputs whose content represents the corresponding outputs written by the previous stage.

Version Support

OpenGL Shading Language Version
Function Name 1.10 1.20 1.30 1.40 1.50 3.30 4.00 4.10 4.20 4.30 4.40 4.50

Versions 1.10 to 1.40 - vertex shader only.

Versions 1.50 to 3.30 - vertex and geometry shaders only.

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