Flashing background when using keyPressed(){

Hi! Having some funny issues here with calling ofBackground() in keyPressed(int key){

After having this issue in high Sierra on an older version, I am now using the nightly build: of_v20181009_osx_release with Mojave and the issue is still persisting.

if it is relevant, I am on a 2017 MacBook Pro

basically I just have this simple conditional inside keyPressed,

if (key == 'r' || key == 'R'){

setBackgroundAuto is set to false, and the frame rate is set as 60fps.

When the app is running and r is pressed, the newly placed background begins flickering on and off again very fast.

The problem does not occur if I just use a global incrementing integer (like a timer) to trigger a conditional which does the same thing (make a new background) in draw.

I thought a bool assignment from keyPressed controlling a conditional in draw might solve the issue, but the flickering comes back if I do that.

Flickering issue:

in my ofApp.cpp:

#include “ofApp.h”

void ofApp::setup(){

ofSetColor(255, 0, 0, 10);


void ofApp::update(){
circleRes = ofMap(mouseX, 0, ofGetWidth(), 3, 10, false);
circleRad = mouseY/2;

void ofApp::draw(){
//calling ofBackground for only one frame every 100 in here also creates the same issue:

//if ( timer > 100){
//timer = 0;

void ofApp::keyPressed(int key){
//keys ‘1’, ‘2’, ‘3’ change colour of shapes being drawn just fine
if (key == 49){
ofSetColor(0, 0, 0, 10);
if (key == 50){
ofSetColor(255, 0, 0, 10);
if (key == 51){
ofSetColor(0, 255, 0, 10);

if (key == 'r'||key == 'R'){

if (key == 's' || key == 'S'){



void ofApp::keyReleased( int key){



void ofApp::mouseMoved( int x, int y ){



void ofApp::mouseDragged( int x, int y, int button){


//ofSetColor(255, 0, 0, 20);


ofDrawCircle(ofGetWidth()/2, ofGetHeight()/2, circleRad);


and my ofApp.h looks like this:

#pragma once

#include “ofMain.h”

class ofApp : public ofBaseApp{

public :

void setup();

void update();

void draw();

void keyPressed( int key);

void keyReleased( int key);

void mouseMoved( int x, int y );

void mouseDragged( int x, int y, int button);

void mousePressed( int x, int y, int button);

void mouseReleased( int x, int y, int button);

void mouseEntered( int x, int y);

void mouseExited( int x, int y);

void windowResized( int w, int h);

void dragEvent(ofDragInfo dragInfo);

void gotMessage(ofMessage msg);

int timer = 0;

int circleRes, circleRad;

bool reset = false ;


Just noticed that actually everything drawn to the screen is flashing in this way.

the flashing also slightly persists when I close the app (if I draw a rectangle while the app runs, then close the window, the rectangle is still flashing in my display after the window is closed)