CLion 2018.2 Help

Run/Debug Configuration: NPM

Run | Edit Configurations | icons general add svg | NPM


In this dialog box, create configurations for running npm and Yarn scripts locally. "Locally" in the current context means that CLion itself starts Node.js installed on your computer, whereupon initiates script execution.

Before you start

  1. Install and enable the NodeJS repository plugin on the Plugins page as described in Installing, Updating and Uninstalling Repository Plugins and Enabling and Disabling Plugins.
  2. Install Node.js. Note that npm is also installed so if you are going to use it you are through with the preliminary steps.
  3. To use Yarn, install it as described on the Yarn Official website.

Configuration tab

ItemDescription
package.json In this field, specify the package.json file to run the scripts from. Choose the file from the drop-down list which shows all the package.json files detected in the current project or click browseButton.png and choose the required package.json in the dialog box that opens.
Command From this drop-down list, choose the npm CLI command to execute, by default run-script is selected. Learn more at npm documentation, under the section CLI Commands.
Scripts From this drop-down list, choose the script to which the chosen command will be applied. The list contains all the scripts defined within the scripts property in the package.json file.
Arguments In this field, specify the command line arguments to execute a script with. Learn more from the npm Official website.
Node interpreter In this field, specify the Node.js interpreter to use. If you choose the Project alias, CLion will automatically use the project default interpreter from the Node interpreter field on the Node.js and NPM page.

In most cases, CLion detects the project default interpreter and fills in the field itself. You can also choose another configured local interpreter or click browseButton and configure a new one.

Node Options In this text box, type the Node.js-specific command line options to be passed to the Node.js executable file. The acceptable options are:
  • Use --require coffee-script/register to have CoffeeScript files compiled into JavaScript on the fly during run. This mode requires that the register.js file, which is a part of the coffee-script package, should be located inside the project. Therefore you need to install the coffee-script package on the Node.js page locally, as described in npm and Yarn.
  • Use --inspect parameter when you are using Node.js v7 for Chrome Debugging Protocol support. Otherwise, by default the debug process will use V8 Debugging Protocol.
Package manager In this field. specify the package manager to use. If you choose the Project alias, CLion will use the default project package manager from the Node .js page. You can also choose the relevant package alias (npm or yarn) or specify an explicit path to a custom installation of a package manager.
Environment Variables In this field, specify the environment variables for the Node.js executable file, if applicable. Click Browse browseButton.png to the right of the field and configure a list of variables in the Environment Variables dialog box, that opens:
  • To define a new variable, click Add add.png and specify the variable name and value.
  • To discard a variable definition, select it in the list and click Delete icons general remove svg.
  • Click OK, when ready

The definitions of variables are displayed in the Environment variables read-only field with semicolons as separators. The acceptable variables are:

  • NODE_PATH: A :-separated list of directories prefixed to the module search path.
  • NODE_MODULE_CONTEXTS: Set to 1 to load modules in their own global contexts.
  • NODE_DISABLE_COLORS: Set to 1 to disable colors in the REPL.

Common options

When you edit a run configuration (but not a run configuration template), you can specify the following options for it:

ItemDescription
Name In this text box, specify the name for the run/debug configuration. The name will help you identify the created configuration when you choose to edit it later, or when you invoke it, for example. from the Run popup (Shift+Alt+F10).
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.

Toolbar

The tree view of run/debug configurations has a toolbar that helps you manage configurations available in your project as well as adjust default configurations templates.

ItemShortcutDescription
icons general add svgAlt+InsertCreate a run/debug configuration.
icons general remove svgAlt+Delete Delete the selected run/debug configuration. Note that you cannot delete default configurations.
icons actions copy svg Ctrl+D Create a copy of the selected run/debug configuration. Note that you create copies of default configurations.
icons general settings svg Edit Templates View and edit the default template for the selected run/debug configuration. The templates are used for newly created configurations.
icons actions moveUp svg/icons actions moveDown svgAlt+Up/Alt+Down

Move the selected run/debug configuration up and down in the list.

The order of configurations in the list defines the order, in which the configurations appear when you choose a run/debug configuration.

Default templates of run/debug configurations are always sorted alphabetically.

folder Move into new folder / Create new folder

You can group run/debug configurations by placing them into folders.

To create a folder, select the configurations within a category to be grouped, click folder, and specify the name for the folder. If only a category is in focus, an empty folder is created.

Then, to move a configuration into a folder, between the folders or out of a folder, use drag-and-drop or icons actions moveUp svg and icons actions moveDown svg buttons.

To remove grouping, select a folder and click icons general remove svg.

icons objectBrowser sorted svg Sort configurations Click this button to sort configurations in alphabetical order.

Templates

When you select Templates in the tree view of the run configurations, you can adjust some settings that apply for all run debug configurations.

ItemDescription
Configurations available in Run Dashboard

In this section you can create a list of run configurations available in the Run Dashboard — tool window that helps you execute and manage multiple run/debug configurations.

Note that the dashboard will only display those configuration types for which you have created one ore more configurations.
So if you add a configuration type for which no configurations exist in the project, this type will not be displayed on the dashboard until you create a configuration of this type.

Generate run configurations for new CMake targets automatically Select this checkbox for automatic generation of the run configurations for the new targets, following the settings of the CMake Settings dialog. The run configuration is generated upon Reset CMake cache and reload a project action.
Delete run configurations for missing CMake targets automatically Enables automatic deletion of run/debug configurations for missing or obsolete targets.
Confirm rerun with process terminationThe behavior of this checkbox depends on whether the Single instance only checkbox is selected for a particular run/debug configuration.
  • If this checkbox is selected, then, in case of a single instance, launching a new process (for example, by clicking run on the main toolbar) while another process is still running, results in showing a dialog box prompting to terminate the current process before launching a new one.
  • If this checkbox is not selected (or in case of multiple instances), CLion starts the new process silently.
Temporary configurations limit Specify here the maximum number of temporary configurations to be stored and shown in the Select Run/Debug Configuration drop-down list.

Before Launch options

In this area you can specify tasks that should be carried out before starting the selected run/debug configuration. The specified tasks are performed in the order they appear in the list.

ItemShortcutDescription
icons general add svgAlt+Insert Click this icon to add one of the following available tasks:
  • 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 execute another run/debug configuration. In the dialog that opens, select the configuration to be run.
  • Run File Watchers — select this option to have CLion apply all the currently active file watchers.
  • Run Grunt task — select this option to run a Grunt task. In the Grunt task dialog box that opens, specify the Gruntfile.js where the required task is defined, select the task to execute, and specify the arguments to pass to the Grunt tool.

    Specify the location of the Node.js interpreter, the parameters to pass to it, and the path to the grunt-cli package.

  • Run Gulp task — select this option to run a Gulp task. In the Gulp task dialog box that opens, specify the Gulpfile.js where the required task is defined, select the task to execute, and specify the arguments to pass to the Gulp tool.

    Specify the location of the Node.js interpreter, the parameters to pass to it, and the path to the gulp package.

  • Run npm Script — select this option to execute an npm script. In the NPM Script dialog box that opens, specify the npm run/debug configuration settings.
  • Compile TypeScript — elect this option to run the built-in TypeScript compiler and thus make sure that all the changes you made to your TypeScript code are reflected in the generated JavaScript files. In the TypeScript Compile Settings dialog that opens, select or clear the Check errors checkbox to configure the behaviour of the compiler in case any errors are detected:
    • If the Check errors checkbox is selected, the compiler will show all the errors and the run configuration will not start.
    • If the Check errors checkbox is cleared, the compiler will show all the detected errors but the run configuration still will be launched.
  • Generate CoffeeScript Source Maps — select this option to generate the source maps for your CoffeeScript sources. In the dialog that opens, specify where your CoffeeScript source files are located.
icons general remove svgAlt+Delete Click this icon to remove the selected task from the list.
icons actions edit svg Enter Click this icon to edit the selected task. Make the necessary changes in the dialog that opens.
icons actions moveUp svg/icons actions moveDown svgAlt+Up/Alt+DownClick these icons to move the selected task one line up or down in the list. (The tasks are performed in the order that they appear in the list.)
Show this pageSelect this checkbox to show the run/debug configuration settings prior to actually starting the run/debug configuration.
Activate tool window

If this checkbox is selected, which it is by default, the Run or the Debug tool window opens when you start the run/debug configuration.

Otherwise, the tool window isn't shown. However, when the configuration is running, you can open the corresponding tool window for it yourself by pressing Alt+4 or Alt+5.

Last modified: 16 June 2018

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