Run CLion for the first time
When you run CLion for the first time, some steps are required to complete the installation, customize your instance, and start working with the IDE.
How to run
Find CLion in the Start menu or use the desktop shortcut, if it was created during installation. You can also run clion.bat in the installation directory under bin.
Run the CLion app in the Applications directory, from Launchpad, or from Spotlight.
Run the clion.sh shell script in the installation directory under bin. You can also use the desktop shortcut, if it was created during installation.
For information about running CLion from the command line, see Command-line interface.
Select the user interface theme
Select whether you want to use the default Darcula or Light theme.
Disable unnecessary plugins
CLion includes plugins that provide integration with different version control systems and application servers, add support for various frameworks and development technologies, and so on. To increase performance, you can disable plugins that you do not need. If necessary, you can enable them later in the Settings/Preferences dialog Ctrl+Alt+S under Plugins. For more information, see Plugins.
You can click the Disable All link for each group of plugins to disable them all, or Customize to disable individual plugins in the group.
Download and install additional plugins
If necessary, download and install additional plugins that are not bundled with the IDE from the CLion plugins repository.
Start a project in CLion
On the Welcome screen, you can do the following: