ID3D12GraphicsCommandList::DrawIndexedInstanced method (d3d12.h)

Draws indexed, instanced primitives.


void DrawIndexedInstanced(
  UINT IndexCountPerInstance,
  UINT InstanceCount,
  UINT StartIndexLocation,
  INT  BaseVertexLocation,
  UINT StartInstanceLocation



Type: UINT

Number of indices read from the index buffer for each instance.


Type: UINT

Number of instances to draw.


Type: UINT

The location of the first index read by the GPU from the index buffer.


Type: INT

A value added to each index before reading a vertex from the vertex buffer.


Type: UINT

A value added to each index before reading per-instance data from a vertex buffer.

Return value



A draw API submits work to the rendering pipeline.

Instancing might extend performance by reusing the same geometry to draw multiple objects in a scene. One example of instancing could be to draw the same object with different positions and colors. Instancing requires multiple vertex buffers: at least one for per-vertex data and a second buffer for per-instance data.


The D3D12Bundles sample uses ID3D12GraphicsCommandList::DrawIndexedInstanced as follows:

void FrameResource::PopulateCommandList(ID3D12GraphicsCommandList* pCommandList, ID3D12PipelineState* pPso1, ID3D12PipelineState* pPso2,
    UINT frameResourceIndex, UINT numIndices, D3D12_INDEX_BUFFER_VIEW* pIndexBufferViewDesc, D3D12_VERTEX_BUFFER_VIEW* pVertexBufferViewDesc,
    ID3D12DescriptorHeap* pCbvSrvDescriptorHeap, UINT cbvSrvDescriptorSize, ID3D12DescriptorHeap* pSamplerDescriptorHeap, ID3D12RootSignature* pRootSignature)
    // If the root signature matches the root signature of the caller, then
    // bindings are inherited, otherwise the bind space is reset.

    ID3D12DescriptorHeap* ppHeaps[] = { pCbvSrvDescriptorHeap, pSamplerDescriptorHeap };
    pCommandList->SetDescriptorHeaps(_countof(ppHeaps), ppHeaps);


    pCommandList->IASetVertexBuffers(0, 1, pVertexBufferViewDesc);

    pCommandList->SetGraphicsRootDescriptorTable(0, pCbvSrvDescriptorHeap->GetGPUDescriptorHandleForHeapStart());
    pCommandList->SetGraphicsRootDescriptorTable(1, pSamplerDescriptorHeap->GetGPUDescriptorHandleForHeapStart());

    // Calculate the descriptor offset due to multiple frame resources.
    // 1 SRV + how many CBVs we have currently.
    UINT frameResourceDescriptorOffset = 1 + (frameResourceIndex * m_cityRowCount * m_cityColumnCount);
    CD3DX12_GPU_DESCRIPTOR_HANDLE cbvSrvHandle(pCbvSrvDescriptorHeap->GetGPUDescriptorHandleForHeapStart(), frameResourceDescriptorOffset, cbvSrvDescriptorSize);

    BOOL usePso1 = TRUE;
    for (UINT i = 0; i < m_cityRowCount; i++)
        for (UINT j = 0; j < m_cityColumnCount; j++)
            // Alternate which PSO to use; the pixel shader is different on 
            // each just as a PSO setting demonstration.
            pCommandList->SetPipelineState(usePso1 ? pPso1 : pPso2);
            usePso1 = !usePso1;

            // Set this city's CBV table and move to the next descriptor.
            pCommandList->SetGraphicsRootDescriptorTable(2, cbvSrvHandle);

            pCommandList->DrawIndexedInstanced(numIndices, 1, 0, 0, 0);

See Example Code in the D3D12 Reference.


Target Platform Windows
Header d3d12.h
Library D3d12.lib
DLL D3d12.dll

See also