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Run/Debug Configuration: Native Application

Use this configuration template to run or debug Makefile and Meson applications.

An example of a Native Application configurations for Meson

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 configuration to quickly identify it among others when editing or running.

Allow multiple instances

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 stopping the running instance and starting another one. This is helpful when a run 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




Choose the desired target from the list.

To set a custom build target, click , add () a new target, and fill in the parameters.


Specify the executable for your configuration.

To run/debug remotely, provide the path to the binary on your remote machine. Note that remote path needs to be set manually.

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 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 to open the Macros dialog. You can also use path variables in this field.

Environment variables

Create environment variables and specify their values. For more information, refer to Adding environment variables.

Redirect input from

Specify a file to read the input from. Relative paths are prepended with the Working directory path.

You can use macros and path variables in this field.

Run with Administrator privileges / Run with root privileges

Set this checkbox to launch the configuration with root privileges. For more information, refer to Debug as root.

Emulate terminal in the output console

Enable terminal emulation in the output console. For more information, refer to Terminal in the output console.

Run in external console (Windows)

Set this checkbox to launch the process in the external cmd.exe console.

This option affects only the cases of MSVC with LLDB and MinGW with GDB. Note that on Cygwin with GDB, executables always run in external console regardless of this checkbox's status.

Last modified: 11 February 2024