CLion 2024.1 Help

Use AI prompts to explain and refactor your code

Use pre-written prompts to explain code, refactor, and find problems in your code. CLion provides project-specific context, such as the languages and technologies used in your project.

You can also define your own custom prompts and add them to the AI Actions menu.

Explain code

  1. Select a code fragment and right-click it to open the context menu.

    Alternatively, select a code fragment and press Alt+Enter.

  2. Select AI Actions and then Explain Code.

    AI Assistant actions - Explain Code

    The AI Assistant tool window will open to provide you with an explanation.

    CLion AI Assistant explains code

Explain CMake errors

AI Assistant can help you investigate CMake execution problems.

  1. Click Explain with AI in the CMake tool window next to the error message:

    Explain with AI for CMake errors
  2. The AI Assistant will explain the error for you and suggest how to fix it:

    The AI Assistant explanation of a CMake error

Explain regex, cron expressions, and SQL queries

AI Assistant can explain regular expressions, SQL queries, cron expressions, and other injected fragments.

  1. Select a code fragment and right-click it to open the context menu.

    Alternatively, select a code fragment and press Alt+Enter.

  2. Select AI actions and then Explain code.

    AI Assistant will analyze and explain the fragment.

    CLion: Regex explained with follow up questions

Suggest refactoring

  1. Select a code fragment and right-click it to open the context menu.

    Alternatively, select a code fragment and press Alt+Enter.

  2. Select AI Actions and then Suggest Refactoring.

    AI Actions menu - suggest refactoring

    The AI chat will open to offer you refactoring suggestions.

    CLion: AI Assistant suggests refactoring
  3. In the field with the refactored code, click See Diff and Apply to open the diff viewer. To skip the diff viewing step, expand the list next to See Diff and Apply and select Apply Immediately.

    In the diff viewer, use Unified or Two-Side view to review the suggested changes.

    Diff tab with refactored code

    To apply the suggestion right away, select Apply Immediately:

    Applying the refactoring suggestion without preview
  4. If you like the result, click Accept in the gutter to move the selected AI-generated code snippets to the source file, or click Accept all to fully replace the originally selected code fragment. Otherwise, close the diff viewer to skip the suggested refactoring.

Find problems

  1. Select a code fragment and right-click it to open the context menu.

    Alternatively, select a code fragment and press Alt+Enter.

  2. Select AI Actions and then Find Problems.

    AI Actions menu - finds potential problems

    The AI chat will open to show the potential issues you may want to look into.

    CLion: AI Assistant finds potential problems in the selected code

Explain runtime error

For runtime errors shown in the console, CLion shows inlay hints, allowing you to get AI explanations for those errors.

  1. Click Explain with AI in the console.

    The AI Assistant tool window will open to give you an explanation of the error and suggest a fix.

    Runtime error explanation
  2. If you want to use the suggested fix, click Insert Snippet at Caret in the field with the refactored code to put the AI-generated code into the editor.

Add your own prompts to prompts library

You can add your own prompts to the prompts library and use them via the AI Actions menu.

  1. Do one of the following:

    • Right-click anywhere in the editor to open the context menu, then go to AI Actions | Edit User Prompts.

    • Press Alt+Enter, select AI Actions, and click Add your prompts.

    • Press Ctrl+Alt+S to open settings and then select Tools | AI Assistant | Prompt Library.

  2. Click to create a new prompt.

    CLion: User prompts library settings
  3. In the text field, write the prompt.

    If needed, click the $SELECTION variable to add a Markdown-formatted code block with current code selection and language name to the new prompt.

  4. Edit the new prompt name.

    Select the first checkbox if you want AI Assistant to wait for you to make additional input in the chat after invoking the prompt.

    Keep the second checkbox if you want your new prompt to be listed in the AI Actions menu.

  5. Click Apply.

Once you create a prompt, you can edit or delete it at any time.

You can also select a prompt from the list and move it up or down to change the order in which the prompts are displayed.

Last modified: 27 May 2024