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External Tools

File | Settings | Tools | External Tools for Windows and Linux
CLion | Preferences | Tools | External Tools for macOS
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Define third-party standalone applications (code generators and analyzers, pre- and post- processors, database utilities, etc.) as external tools to be able to run them from CLion.

You can pass contextual information (like the currently selected file, or your project source path) to the external tools, view the tool output, and more.

The tools defined on this page appear as commands in the Tools menu and in various context menus. They can also be assigned keyboard shortcuts (see the Configuring Keyboards and Mouse Shortcuts section).

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Add a definition of an external tool. (The Create Tool dialog will open.)

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If an individual tool is selected: delete the tool definition. If a tool group is selected: delete the definitions of all the tools within the selected group.

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Edit the definition of the selected tool. (The Edit Tool dialog will open.)

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Move the selected tool one line up or down within the group. (The order of tools defines the order of items in corresponding menus.)

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Create a copy of the selected definition and then edit that copy. (The Copy Tool dialog will open.)


Use the checkboxes to enable or disable the tools and the tool groups. The items that are not currently selected are not available in the Tools and context menus.

Last modified: 27 November 2018

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