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External Tools

Define third-party standalone applications (code generators and analyzers, pre- and post- processors, database utilities, and so on) as External Tools to be able to run them from CLion.

To create and configure external tools, use the Settings / Preferences | Tools | External Tools dialog. Tools defined in this dialog appear as commands in the Tools | External Tools menu and in various context menus. They can also be assigned keyboard shortcuts (see the Configuring Keyboards and Mouse Shortcuts section).

Toolbar icons

Icon Description
icons.general.add.svg Add a definition of an external tool. (The Create Tool dialog will open.)
icons.general.remove.svg If an individual tool is selected: delete the tool definition. If a tool group is selected: delete the definitions of all the tools within the selected group.
icons.actions.edit.svg Edit the definition of the selected tool. (The Edit Tool dialog will open.)
icons.actions.previousOccurence.svg icons.actions.nextOccurence.svg Move the selected tool one line up or down within the group. (The order of tools defines the order of items in corresponding menus.)
icons.actions.copy.svg Create a copy of the selected definition and then edit that copy. (The Copy Tool dialog will open.)


Use the checkboxes to enable or disable the tools and the tool groups. The items that are not currently selected are not available in the Tools and context menus.

Last modified: 03 September 2020