CLion 2019.2 Help

Create and Edit Configurations

With the Navigation bar visible (View | Appearance | Navigation Bar), the available run/debug configurations are displayed in the run/debug configuration selector in the Run area:

Configuration selector

CLion provides the Run/Debug Configuration dialog as a tool for handling run/debug configurations: creating configuration profiles or changing the default ones.

CLion suggests the following ways to create a run/debug configuration:

  • The primary way to create the run/debug configuration is to let IDE do it automatically using CMakeLists.txt file data on project targets and executables, if this capability is enabled here. This method works for the most cases, but under several limitations:
    • CLion will not create a new default configuration automatically if the configuration with the same target already exists;

    • CLion will not create the new default configuration automatically if the same configuration has already being created;

    • An old configuration that had being created manually will be replaced with the new one created automatically if they have the same name.

    If you want to create configuration of your own or do it with target or executable, other than specified in CMakeLists.txt file, you can try the second method:

  • Create a run configuration manually on the base of the default one, or using the Run/Debug Configuration dialog.

Also, the Run/Debug configuration can be deleted automatically for the deleted/obsolete targets, if this capability is enabled (see the details here). This is applicable only to the configurations that were created by CLion automatically.

Create a run/debug configuration

  1. Open the Run/Debug Configuration dialog:

    • Select Run | Edit Configurations from the main menu.

    • With the Navigation bar visible (View | Appearance | Navigation Bar), choose Edit Configurations from the run/debug configuration selector.

    • Press Shift+Alt+F10, then press 0 or select the configuration from the popup and press F4.

  2. In the Run/Debug Configuration dialog, click icons general add svg on the toolbar or press Alt+Insert. The list shows the default run/debug configurations. Select the desired configuration type.

    The fields that appear in the right-hand pane display the default settings for the selected configuration type.

    New run/debug configuration
  3. For a new run/debug configuration:
    • Specify its name in the Name field. This name will be shown in the list of the available run/debug configurations.

    • Specify whether you want to make CLion check execution status of the instances of the same run/debug configuration. If you want to make sure that only one instance of the run/debug configuration is currently executed, select the checkbox Single instance only. In this case, a confirmation dialog will show up every time you try to launch run/debug configuration, when one instance of the same type is still running.

      If you click OK in the confirmation dialog, the first instance of the runner will be stopped, and the next one will take its place.

      If this checkbox is not selected, you can launch as many instances of the runner as required. As the result, each runner will start in its own tab of the Run tool window.

    • In the Target field, select the desired target from the list.

    • In the Executable field, select the proper executable for your configuration. The IDE allows you to choose from the following types of executables:

      • Executable target of your project. Select this option to let IDE launch the produced binary executable.

      • Arbitrary executable. That could be any of your choice, even perhaps not linked to your project in any way. Can be useful in plugins and libraries development.

      • Not selected. This executable type is used for custom targets that do not produce any resulting artifacts (binary executables, libraries, etc). The run/debug configurations of this type can not be launched, but built only.

  4. In the Before launch section, define whether you want to launch any external tool or other build configuration before run. To skip the build stage, remove Build from Before launch list.

  5. Specify additional parameters depending on the configuration type. For descriptions of run/debug configuration parameters, refer to the Run/Debug Configurations Dialog section.

  6. Apply the changes and close the dialog.

Edit an existing run/debug configuration

  1. Do one of the following:
    • From the main menu, choose Run | Edit Configurations.

    • With the Navigation Bar visible (View | Appearance | Navigation Bar), choose Edit Configurations from the run/debug configurations selector.

    • Press Shift+Alt+F10, then press 0 to display the Edit Configuration dialog, or select the configuration from the popup and press F4.

  2. In the corresponding run/debug configuration dialog, change parameters as required.

If a project has been created in an earlier version of CLion, its run/debug configurations can be lost, when such a project is added to another project, already opened in the same window.

To avoid the loss of run/debug configurations, it is recommended that you open such a project once in the latest version, and only after being added to another project.

Enable the Services tool window

You can manage multiple run/debug configurations at once in a dedicated tool window. For example, you can start, pause, and stop several applications, track their status, and examine application-specific details.

  1. From the main menu, select Run | Edit Configurations or use the selector on the toolbar.

  2. In the Run/Debug Configurations dialog, select Templates from the list on the left.

  3. In the right-hand pane, expand the Configurations available in Services section.

  4. Click the Add button in the Configurations available in Services section and select the necessary run configuration type.

    adding configurations to Sevices

    You can add or remove multiple configuration types one by one.

    Note that the tool window will only display the configuration types for which you have created one or more configurations.

    Thus, if you add a configuration type for which no configurations exist in the project, this type will not be displayed in the tool window until you create a configuration of this type.

  5. Apply the changes and close the dialog. The Services tool window with the selected configurations will open.

Last modified: 8 November 2019