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Run/Debug Configuration: Catch

Run | Edit Configurations | Add New Configuration | Catch

Use this page to configure run/debug options for the Catch testing framework.

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

Test kind
  • Select the Tags/Test option to run the test for a particular tag or all the tags.

  • Select the Pattern option to run all the tests for a particular pattern.


This option is available only when the Pattern radio button is selected. To run specific tests, specify their names separated by commas:


The above line in the Patterns field specifies two tests to be run.

To run all the tests in a file, specify the file name, prepended by a hash sign and enclosed in square brackets:


For details on the patterns syntax, refer to the original documentation.

TagsIn this text box, specify the tags of the test cases or leave it blank to use all the tags.

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.
Run with Administrator privileges / Run with root privilegesSet this checkbox to launch the configuration with root privileges. Refer to Debug as root for details.
Last modified: 14 September 2021