CLion 2018.3 Help

Find and Replace in Project

CLion extends search and replace capability to the entire project, or any directory with its nested hierarchy. Explore search results in the preview tab or in the Find tool window.

To find a piece of text in all files with the specified path

  1. In Settings/Preferences (Ctrl+Alt+S), select Edit | Find | Find in Path, or press Ctrl+Shift+F.

  2. In the Find In Path dialog, specify the following options:

    • Start entering the text. Type the text explicitly, or specify a pattern using a regular expression, or select a previously used piece of text or a pattern from the recent entries' drop-down list.

      If you specify the search pattern through a regular expression, use the $n format in back references (to refer to a previously found and saved pattern).

    • Search scope ( project, directory, or custom scope).

      cl search scope

    • Search options (case sensitivity, whole words, and regular expressions).

    • Context search options (use the artwork studio icons common filter icon).

    The results are displayed in the preview area.

Replace text in the path

  1. On the main menu, select Edit | Find | Replace in Path (Ctrl+Shift+R).

  2. In the Replace In Path dialog, specify the search and replace strings, the search options, and the scope. Type the search and replacement text explicitly, or specify patterns using a regular expression, or select a previously used piece of text or a pattern from the recent history drop-down list.

    • If you specify the search and/or replacement text through a regular expression, use the $n format in back references (to refer to a previously found and saved pattern).

    • To use a backslash character \ in a regular expression, escape the meaningful backslash by inserting three extra backslashes in a preposition: \\\\.

  3. Click Open in Find Window (Ctrl+Enter) to open a Find tool window with the list of encountered occurrences and a preview of the occurrences alongside.

Toggle between the Find and Replace

  1. To switch from the Find In Path to Replace In Path window, pressCtrl+Shift+R.

  2. To switch from the Replace In Path to Find In Path window, pressCtrl+Shift+F.

Last modified: 7 December 2018