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Run/Debug Configuration: CMake Application

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CMake Application configuration

Use this configuration template to run or debug CMake targets.


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




Specify a name for the run/debug configuration to quickly identify it when editing or running the configuration, for example, from the Run popup Alt+Shift+F10.

Allow parallel run

Select to allow running multiple instances of this run configuration in parallel.

By default, it is disabled, and when you start this configuration while another instance is still running, CLion suggests to stop the running instance and start another one. This is helpful when a run/debug configuration consumes a lot of resources and there is no good reason to run multiple instances.

Store as project file

Save the file with the run configuration settings to share it with other team members. The default location is .idea/runConfigurations. However, if you do not want to share the .idea directory, you can save the configuration to any other directory within the project.

By default, it is disabled, and CLion stores run configuration settings in .idea/workspace.xml.

Configuration tab


Specify the executable for your configuration.


Choose the desired target from the list.

Target types are marked with the following icons:

All targets- All targets

Executable- Executable

Target library- Library

Program arguments

In this field, 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 the Expand button button and type the desired arguments.

Click Icons general add dark to open the Macros dialog. You can also use path variables in this field.

Working directory

Specify the working directory to be used for running the application. 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 and select the directory.

Click Icons general add dark to open the Macros dialog. You can also use path variables in this field.

Environment variablesCreate environment variables and specify their values. Refer to Adding environment variables for details.
Redirect input from

Specify a file to read the input from. Relative paths are prepended with the Working directory path.

Macros (Icons general add dark) and path variables are also available in this field.

Run with Administrator privileges / Run with root privilegesSet this checkbox to launch the configuration with root privileges. Refer to Debug as root for details.

Before Launch

In this area, you can specify the tasks to be performed before starting the selected target.

Build is the default pre-launch step for CMake applications. If you add other tasks, they will performed in the order they appear in the list.

Last modified: 21 May 2021