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
- Get comfortable with the UI
- Tune the code editor
- Integrate more frameworks and build systems
- Add languages and file types support
- Facilitate Debugging
- Get profiling data
- Gather statistics
- Expand the scope of VCS-related actions
- Automate builds, track issues, and review code
- Stay creative and productive
Learn the IDE
Get comfortable with the UI
|Main Menu Toggler|
Switches visibility of the main menu on and off by a single action or a shortcut.
Lets 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 Highlighter|
Highlights the currently active tab. The highlighting color is easily configurable, which is especially useful for the Darcula scheme.
|Focus on Active Task|
Filters 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:
Tune the code editor
|CMake Quickdocs|| |
Makes the Quick Documentation pop-up available in CMakeLists.txt files.
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):
Adds three string reformat actions: join, split, and wrap/unwrap strings.
Detects a selection, line, or keyword at caret and moves it up or down with a single keystroke.
Integrate more frameworks and build systems
Add languages and file types support
Makes the GNU Makefile type recognizable in CLion, meaning that syntax highlighting and editing features become fully available:
|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.
Helps 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:
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 Action|
Lets 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.
|CPU Usage Indicator|
Adds 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):
Introduces Help | Diagnostics menu with options to get the performance summary about your hardware and capture CPU snapshots for indexing and test scripts execution:
Collects the overall project-level statistics: project files with line counts, sorted by extension and size.
Tracks 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 Collector|
Sends 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
Integrates the UI for the Git Flow branching model.
Highlights the changed code, analogically to the
Enriches the default Git integration with features like Git status display, Auto fetch, Behind tracker, and others.
|Find Pull Request|
Finds GitHub pull requests for the selected line.
Provide templates for Git commit messages.
Adds the GitLab-specific Checkout support and the dialogs of GitLab Share, Merge Request, and Merge Request List.
Opens files and commits to storages like GitHub or Stash in default browser via a single shortcut.
Enhances the built-in SVN support: adds the Status Bar component, enriches the Project View, and provides more Subversion context menu actions.
|Visual SorceSafe Integration|
Adds Visual SourceSafe settings and commands.
|Pre Commit Hook|
Runs a custom pre-created script before any commit to ‘hook’ the changes.
Automate builds, track issues, and review code
Integrates 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 Services|
Links your commits with the corresponding Wrike tasks.
Helps 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.
Provides 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 plugin
|Darkyen’s Time Tracker|
Implements 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.
Helps you manage the time spent on a task using Pomodoro Technique.
|Git Time Metric|
Tracks the time of reading and working on the code that you store in a Git repository.
Performs 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 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.