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Run/Debug Configuration: Makefile Target

Run | Edit Configurations |Add New Configuration | Makefile Target

Use this configuration template to run Make targets.

Common settings

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




Set the path to the Makefile. You can use macros here, for example, $PROJECT_DIR$/Makefile.


Specify a space-separated list of targets. For example, clean all run.


Provide additional arguments if required.

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 variables

Create environment variables and specify their values. Refer to Adding environment variables for details.

Last modified: 09 September 2021