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Valuable non-bundled plugins

CLion plugin repository contains over 1200 plugins that you can install to enrich the out-of-the-box CLion functionality. Some of those plugins are already bundled in CLion, and no prior action is required to start using them. However, there are other helpful and qualitative plugins that can improve or even transform your workflow in CLion. This article gives a selection of such valuable plugins.

The plugins are grouped by the tasks they target, each described in the corresponding chapter:

Learn the IDE

PluginDescription
CLion HelpBundles the entire CLion web help for offline use.
Keymap exporterPrints the PDF version of the CLion keymap.
Key Promoter XShows keystroke equivalents to mouse presses:
key promoter x plugin

Get comfortable with the UI

PluginDescription
Main Menu TogglerSwitches visibility of the main menu on and off by a single action or a shortcut.
Frame SwitcherLets you switch between projects, windows, and frames, alternatively to Alt+Tab and the View menu. The switcher works even with multiple IDE instances, and lets you assign shortcuts to various actions, customizing or expanding the pre-defined shortcut set.
Active Tab HighlighterHighlights the currently active tab. The highlighting color is easily configurable, which is especially useful for the Darcula scheme.
Focus on Active TaskFilters the project tree to show only the currently opened and related paths and files.

As an example, here is how your CLion screen on macOS with Darcula scheme would look like with the filtered project tree, highlighted active tab, and the invoked frame switcher:

ui extension plugins

Tune the code editor

PluginDescription
CMake Quickdocs

Makes the Quick Documentation pop-up available in CMakeLists.txt files.

CMake Highlighter Provides syntax highlighting and navigation for CMakeLists.txt files.

The screenshot below illustrates how these two plugins work in pair (notice the pop-up with the name of the action invoked, shown by the Presentation Assistant plugin):

cmake highlighted and quick documentation for cmake

PluginDescription
SwaggerHelps in editing Swagger specifications.
OpenAPI Specifications Provides IDE support for Swagger and OpenAPI specification files. See OpenAPI for more information.
OpenAPI GeneratorGenerates client, server, and documentation code out of OpenAPI specifications.
PluginDescription
String ManipulationProvides an assortment of actions for working with any kind of text: C/C++ code or comments, any ASCII symbols, JavaScript, SQL, XML, or text in other languages.
String RealignerAdds three string reformat actions: join, split, and wrap/unwrap strings.
ShifterDetects a selection, line, or keyword at caret and moves it up or down with a single keystroke.
PluginDescription
IdeaVim Provides Vim emulation with features like motion keys, marks, registers, and visual mode commands.
Emacs+ PatchedAdds two Emacs keymaps: Emacs+ and Mac Emacs+.
PluginDescription
VS Code KeymapAdds the default VS Code keymap.
PluginDescription
TranslationIncorporates multiple language engines and supports text-to-speech.
hunspellProvides spell checking based on Hunspell dictionaries.
PluginDescription
EditorConfigHelps maintain common code style across teams and IDEs: it enables the CLion editor to read the EditorConfig file format and adhere to defined styles.

Integrate more frameworks and build systems

PluginDescription
Conan CLion plugin

Lets you create and upload cross-compilation Conan packages in the lines of your CMake workflow:

conan plugin

Take a look at the Getting Started blog post and our webinar to learn more on working with Conan in CLion.

PluginDescription
Docker Integration

Enables you to download and build images, create and start containers, and manage other Docker tasks.

See Docker Integration for detail.

PluginDescription
UE4 SDK Support

Adds extra completion options for reflection specifiers in Unreal Engine 4 code that CLion does not provide by default.

Note that starting v4.20, Unreal Engine can generate a CMake structure out of your UE code and open it as a project in CLion.

PluginDescription
BazelLets you import a Bazel BUILD file (with its own language supported in CLion) and run Bazel configurations.

Add languages and file types support

PluginDescription
IntelliJ RustEnables you to create and develop Rust applications and debug them using the Cargo build system. See the dedicated article for a thorough description of Rust support in CLion.
PluginDescription
Swift SupportProvides the Swift language and Swift Package Manager support, letting you use CLion as a fully-functional Swift IDE. Learn more.
PluginDescription
Kotlin/Native for CLionWith this plugin, paired with Kotlin for core language support, you can edit Kotlin code and build, run, and debug Kotlin/Native applications. These two plugins add a whole new project model to the CLion’s list of the supported formats:
kotlin/native applications in clion
PluginDescription
Makefile SupportMakes the GNU Makefile type recognizable in CLion, meaning that syntax highlighting and editing features become fully available:
makefile support plugin
PluginDescription
Protobuf SupportHelps you work with Google’s Protocol buffers (the *.proto files).
PluginDescription
BashSupportProvides bash command language support.
PowerShellAdds PowerShell intellisense and scripts execution.

Fortran (see this article for the Fortran support details), Lua, Dart, Mathematica, LaTex, Gherkin.

Facilitate Debugging

PluginDescription
Compiler Explorer plugin Lets you work with Compiler Explorer right from CLion: you can view compilation results got from various remote compilers and easily switch between them. The plugin shows the list of sources taken from your project tree and provides a way to pass compiler flags and set additional options to tune the disassembly layout for your needs.
compiler explorer plugin
Grep ConsoleHelps in analyzing logs and parsing console output. Grepping means searching for plain-text lines that contain a match to some regular expression. The plugin enables you to grep the application output, highlight and filter the results, and even change the output or execute an action upon a match:
grep console plugin
UndoDB

Integrates the Undo’s record, rewind and replay technology for Linux C/C++ applications in CLion.

With Undo, you can record the program’s execution down to single instruction for further replay and analysis. This way, the debugger gets reversible: you can step forwards and backwards in your code and see exactly what is happening, leading up to easier bug capturing. Take a look at this blog post to find out more on using Undo in CLion.

Run Configuration as ActionLets you register Run/Debug configurations as actions in CLion, and call them via shortcuts or additional toolbar buttons.

Get profiling data

CLion integrates the CPU Profiler available on macOS and Linux. It collects performance metrics for your application and visualizes them in ready-to-analyze flame graphs and call trees. However, if you need to explore the overall application behavior or report a performance issue, consider the plugins described below: they inform you about the CPU usage level and lets you generate thread dumps.

PluginDescription
CPU Usage IndicatorAdds the CPU load indicator to the status bar, lets you get a thread dump and configure the settings of the Performance Watcher (which is the CLion’s frozen UI thread dumper):
cpu usage indicator
Performance TestingIntroduces Help | Diagnostics menu with options to get the performance summary about your hardware and capture CPU snapshots for indexing and test scripts execution:
cpu snapshot from performance testing plugin

Gather statistics

PluginDescription
StatisticsCollects the overall project-level statistics: project files with line counts, sorted by extension and size.
Code::StatsTracks the changes you make in project files and detects the syntax of the language you use. The results are presented in infographics of your XPs (Experience Points, roughly the amount of keystrokes) for different languages.
Completion Stats CollectorSends the anonymized data of your code completion patterns to JetBrains developers. It helps the team implement machine learning algorithms and therefore improve completion efficiency.

Expand the scope of VCS-related actions

PluginDescription
GitFlowIntegrates the UI for the Git Flow branching model.
GitScopeHighlights the changed code, analogically to the git diff command.
GitToolBoxEnriches the default Git integration with features like Git status display, Auto fetch, Behind tracker, and others.
Find Pull RequestFinds GitHub pull requests for the selected line.
Git Commit Template and Git Commit Message PluginProvide templates for Git commit messages.
GitLabAdds the GitLab-specific Checkout support and the dialogs of GitLab Share, Merge Request, and Merge Request List.
GitLinkOpens files and commits to storages like GitHub or Stash in default browser via a single shortcut.
PluginDescription
SVNToolBoxEnhances the built-in SVN support: adds the Status Bar component, enriches the Project View, and provides more Subversion context menu actions.
Visual SorceSafe IntegrationAdds Visual SourceSafe settings and commands.
Pre Commit HookRuns a custom pre-created script before any commit to ‘hook’ the changes.

Automate builds, track issues, and review code

PluginDescription
TeamCity pluginIntegrates the JetBrains’ TeamCity, a continuous integration server. This plugin lets you configure notifications, run builds and tests, view changes, assign investigations, and perform other TeamCity actions without leaving the IDE.
Visual Studio Team ServicesEnables you to work with Git and TFVC repositories on Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) or Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2015+.
WrikeLinks your commits with the corresponding Wrike tasks.
PluginDescription
YouTrack Integration Extends the bundled Task Management functionality to provide deeper integration with JetBrains' YouTrack bug tracker.
Yandex.Tracker IntegrationIntegrates Yandex.Tracker.
MantisLets you create, edit, and delete issues from the Mantis bug tracker.
PluginDescription
UpSource pluginIntegrates the LetBrains' UpSource.
Gerrit Code ReviewIntegrates the Gerrit Code Review tool.
PluginDescription
IDETalkHelps in code-related communications between developers by providing functions like inside-the-IDE message exchange, getting and sending stack traces and ‘code pointers’ to your partner, view the partner’s opened files and differences between your files and theirs.
Floobits pluginProvides collaborative real-time development across multiple editors and IDEs for team members with Floobits accounts.

Stay creative and productive

Last but not least, CLion plugin repository contains a collection of time management plugins, as well as other tools to increase your productivity. Find a few notable examples below.

Time management pluginDescription
Darkyen’s Time TrackerImplements simple time management technique of tracking the time you actually spend on a project: it adds a tracking bar widget that you manually start for counting.
Pomodoro-tmHelps you manage the time spent on a task using Pomodoro Technique.
Git Time MetricTracks the time of reading and working on the code that you store in a Git repository.
WakaTimePerforms time tracking and collects the language, OS, branch/commit, and other statistics of your work session.

Also, if you like mind mapping to visually structure your ideas, the IDEA Mind Map plugin will let you create and edit mind maps in MMD format right in CLion. With stackoverflow, you can search a line of code or comment in StackOverflow just by a right click.

And just for fun, try the Nyan Progress Bar nyan cat progress bar to brighten the status bar when waiting for some of the time-consuming CLion actions to finish, or enjoy emojis in commits with the Emoji for Git Commits plugin.

Last modified: 11 September 2020