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glDeleteProgram — Deletes a program object

C Specification

void glDeleteProgram(GLuint  program);



Specifies the program object to be deleted.


glDeleteProgram frees the memory and invalidates the name associated with the program object specified by program. This command effectively undoes the effects of a call to glCreateProgram.

If a program object is in use as part of current rendering state, it will be flagged for deletion, but it will not be deleted until it is no longer part of current state for any rendering context. If a program object to be deleted has shader objects attached to it, those shader objects will be automatically detached but not deleted unless they have already been flagged for deletion by a previous call to glDeleteShader. A value of 0 for program will be silently ignored.

To determine whether a program object has been flagged for deletion, call glGetProgram with arguments program and GL_DELETE_STATUS.


glDeleteProgram is available only if the GL version is 2.0 or greater.


GL_INVALID_VALUE is generated if program is not a value generated by OpenGL.

GL_INVALID_OPERATION is generated if glDeleteProgram is executed between the execution of glBegin and the corresponding execution of glEnd.

Associated Gets

glGet with argument GL_CURRENT_PROGRAM

glGetProgram with arguments program and GL_DELETE_STATUS


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