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Create/Edit/Copy Tool Dialog (Remote SSH External Tools)

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Edit the settings for your external tool.




The name of the tool that appears as a command name in the Tools menu and the context menus.


The group the tool belongs to. The tool groups correspond to submenus in the Tools menu and the context menus.

Select an existing group from the list.

To create a new group, simply type its name in the list.


The tool description (optional).

Tool Settings


The path to the executable file to be run. Use browseButton to select the file, Insert macro to open the Macros dialog to select a macro.

(Macros are resolved at runtime and let you specify context information such as currently selected file, your project source paths, etc.)


The arguments to be passed to the program the way you'd specify them on the command line. Use Insert macro to open the Macros dialog to select a macro.

When specifying the arguments, follow these rules:

  • Note that external tools provide the absolute path of the files, not project-directory-relative ones.

  • Use spaces to separate individual arguments.

  • If an argument includes spaces, enclose the spaces or the argument that contains the spaces in double quotes, for example, some" "arg or "some arg".

  • If an argument includes double quotes (e.g. as part of the argument), escape the double quotes by means of the backslashes, for example, -Dmy.prop=\"quoted_value\".

Working directory

The path to the current working directory for the program. Use browseButton to select the directory, Insert macro to open the Macros dialog to select a macro.

Advanced Options

Synchronize files after execution

Make CLion aware of changes in the file system when the tool completes its execution.

Open console for tool output

Open the console for viewing the tool output such error messages, etc.

Make console active on message in stdout

Make the output console active and bring it forward when the corresponding event occurs.

Make console active on message in stderr

The same as the previous option but for stderr.

Output Filters

The output filters are used to turn absolute file paths and line numbers in the tool output into hyperlinks. You'll be able to use those links to open the corresponding files in the editor. You can specify one or several filters. Each line is a regular expression. You can use the following macros: $FILE_PATH$, $LINE$ and $COLUMN$, for example,


Connection settings

In this section, appoint the to access through the SSH terminal and specify where the connection settings should be taken from:

  • Deployment server: select this option to have the commands in the SSH Terminal executed on the local or remote Web server accessible through one of the server access configurations. From the drop-down list, choose the server access configuration that specifies the destination environment and the settings to establish connection to it.
    • Select server on every run: if this option is selected, you will have to choose the desired server access configuration from the popup, every time you choose Tools | Start SSH Session on the main menu.

    • If the desired server access configuration does not appear in the drop-down list, click the link Configure Servers, and define one in the Deployment page. For details, see the Configuring Synchronization with a Remote Host section.

Last modified: 24 July 2019

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