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Requirements for CLion

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To get acquainted with CLion, you can download and install its trial version for free. This trial version is available for 30 days, whereupon you need to obtain and register a license.

Hardware requirements

  • 2 GB free RAM
  • 1024x768 minimum screen resolution

System requirements

JRE 1.8 is bundled with distributions for all platforms. You don't need any Java to be installed on your machine in order to run CLion.

General requirements to start development with CLion

In general to develop in C/C++ with CLion you need:

  • CMake at least version 2.8.11 (if you do not want to use the bundled version), make
  • GCC/G++ or Clang, which in case of Windows means using toolchains: MinGW 3.* or MinGW - w64 3.*-5.* or Cygwin 1.7.32 (minimum required) up to 2.0.*.
  • If you are going to use Microsoft Visual C++ compiler instead of GCC/G++ or Clang, then Visual Studio 2013,2015 or 2017 shall be installed. For more details, refer to our tutorial.
  • GDB: at least 7.8 (if you do not want to use the bundled version)


System RequirementsInstallation
  • Windows 7.0 x64, 8.* x64
  • Cygwin x64 with installed packages: GCC/G++, make, gdb 7.8+
    MinGW with installed packages: GCC/G++ and make
    Visual Studio 2013, 2015 or 2017 and NMake with C++ support.
  1. Download CLion from the Download page.
  2. Run the CLion-*.exe file that starts the Installation Wizard.
  3. Follow all steps suggested by the wizard. Pay special attention to the corresponding installation options.


System Requirements Installation
  • macOS 10.9.4+
  • GCC/G++ or Clang
  1. Download the CLion-*.dmg macOS Disk Image file from the Download page.
  2. Double-click the downloaded CLion-*.dmg macOS Disk Image file to mount it.
  3. Copy CLion to your Applications folder.


System RequirementsInstallation
  • OS Linux 64 bit
  • KDE, GNOME or Unity DE desktop
  • GCC/G++ or Clang
  1. Unpack the CLion-*.tar.gz file to a different folder, if your current "Download" folder doesn't support file execution:
    tar xfz CLion-*.tar.gz -C <new_archive_folder>

    The recommended install location according to the filesystem hierarchy standard (FHS) is /opt. For example, it's possible to enter the following command:

    sudo tar xf CLion-*.tar.gz -C /opt/
  2. Switch to the bin directory:
    cd <new archive folder>/CLion-*/bin
    For example,
    cd opt/CLion-*/bin
Last modified: 15 December 2017

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