CLion Help

Run/Debug Configuration: Application

An application run/debug configuration enables you to run applications via the main() function .

The dialog box consists of the following tabs:

Click here for the description of the options that are common for all run/debug configurations.

Configuration tab

NameIn this text box, specify the name of the new configuration
ShareSelect this check box
Single instance onlySelect this check box to make sure that only one instance of the run/debug configuration is currently executed
TargetClick cl_dropdownArrow to choose the desired target from the list.

Target types are marked with the following icons:

cl_targetAll - All targets

cl_targetExecutable - Executable

cl_targetCustom - Custom target

cl_targetLibrary - Library

ConfigurationClick cl_dropdownArrow to choose the desired configuration from the list
Program argumentsIn this text box, type a list of arguments to be passed to the program in the format you would use in the command line. If necessary, click the shift-enter-button.png button and type the desired arguments in the Program Parameters dialog box.

Use the same rules as for specifying the VM options.

Working directoryIn this text box, specify the current directory to be used by the running test. This directory is the starting point for all relative input and output paths. By default, the field contains the directory where the project file resides. To specify another directory, click the Browse button browseButton.png select the directory in the dialog that opens.
Environment variablesClick the Browse button browseButton.png to open the Environment Variables dialog box, where you can create variables and specify their values.


add Alt+Insert Click this button to add a new configuration to the list.
delete Alt+Delete Click this button to remove the selected configuration from the list.
copy Ctrl+D Click this button to create a copy of the selected configuration.
settings Edit defaultsClick this button to edit the default configuration templates. The defaults are used for newly created configurations.
arrowUp or arrowDown Alt+Up or Alt+Down Use these buttons to move the selected configuration or folder up and down in the list.

The order of configurations or folders in the list defines the order in which configurations appear in the Run/Debug drop-down list on the main toolbar.

folder Move into new folder / Create new folder Use this button to create a new folder.

If one or more run/debug configurations are in focus, the selected run/debug configurations are automatically moved to the newly created folder. If only a category is in focus, an empty folder is created.

Move run/debug configurations to a folder using drag-and-drop, or the arrowUp arrowDown buttons.

sortAlphabetically Sort configurations Click this button to sort configurations in alphabetical order.

Common Options

NameIn this text box, specify the name of the current run/debug configuration. This field does not appear for the default run/debug configurations.
Defaults This node in the left-hand pane of the dialog box contains the default run/debug configuration settings. Select the desired configuration to change its default settings in the right-hand pane. The defaults are applied to all newly created run/debug configurations.
Share Select this check box to make the run/debug configuration available to other team members.

The shared run/debug configurations are kept in separate xml files under .idea\runConfigurations folder, while the local run/debug configurations are kept in the .idea\workspace.xml.

This check box is not available when editing the run/debug configuration defaults.

Before launchSpecify which tasks must be performed before applying the run/debug configuration. The specified tasks are performed in the order they appear in the list.
ItemKeyboard shortcutDescription
add Alt+Insert Click this icon to add a task to the list. Select the task to be added:
  • Run External tool. Select this option to run an application which is external to CLion. In the dialog that opens, select the application or applications that should be run. If the necessary application is not defined in CLion yet, add its definition. For more information, see Configuring Third-Party Tools and External Tools.
  • Run Another Configuration. Select this option to have another run/debug configuration executed. In the dialog that opens, select the configuration to be run.
delete Alt+Delete Click this icon to remove the selected task from the list.
edit1 Enter Click this icon to edit the selected task. Make the necessary changes in the dialog that opens.
arrowUp Alt+Up Click this icon to move the selected task one line up in the list.
arrowDown Alt+Down Click this icon to move the selected task one line down in the list.
Show this page Select this check box to have the run/debug configuration settings shown prior to actually starting the run/debug configuration.

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Last modified: 7 May 2015