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Opening Files from Command Line

You can open an arbitrary file, folder, or project for editing in CLion from the command line, optionally specifying where the caret should rest after opening the file.

In the command line, run the following command:

<CLion> [--line <number>] path

For example, on Windows:
C:\Program Files\JetBrains\CLion 2019.2\bin>clion --line 5 C:\CLionProjects\Calendars\Calendar-master\main.cpp

The command options are as follows:




The platform-specific CLion launcher.

On macOS and Linux, it is recommended to use the command-line launcher created during the CLion installation, or create one manually by selecting Tools | Create Command-line Launcher on the CLion main menu. Refer to Enable a command-line launcher on macOS/Linux for details.

On Windows, it is recommended to add the path to the CLion executable to the Path environment variable.


The path to the file or the folder to be opened.

  • If the file or folder belongs to an existing project, this project will be opened.

  • If the file does not belong to any project, a temporary project for this file will be created automatically.

  • If the folder does not belong to any project, a new project will be created inside this folder.

--line <number>

(optional) The line number, on which the caret should rest after opening the file.

Last modified: 3 October 2019