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External tools

You can define standalone third-party applications as external tools and run them from GoLand.

You can pass contextual information from your project to the external tool as command-line arguments (for example, the currently selected or open file, the project source path, and so on), view the output produced by the tool, configure to launch the tool before a run/debug configuration, and more.

Add a local external tool

This example demonstrates how you can add OptiPNG as an external tool and use it to quickly optimize images in your project from GoLand.

  1. In the Settings/Preferences dialog Ctrl+Alt+S, select Tools | External Tools.

  2. Click the Add button and specify the following settings:

    The Create Tool dialog
    • Name: The name of the tool that will be displayed in the GoLand interface (the Tools menu and context menus).

    • Group: The name of the group to which the tool belongs. You can select an existing group or type the name of a new group.

    • Description: A meaningful description of the tool.

    • Program: The name of the executable file. Specify it with an absolute path if the containing directory is not in your PATH environment variable.

    • Arguments: The arguments passed to the executable file, as you would specify them on the command line.

    • Working directory: The path to the current working directory from which the tool is executed.

    In our case, OptiPNG will be run with the -o4 $FilePath$ arguments. You can use macros that can refer to the project name, the current file path, a path to the PHP executable, and so on. Clicking the Insert macro button will open the Macros dialog that lists all available macros and their values.

  3. Click OK to add the tool and then apply the changes.

Run the added local external tool

To run the added tool on the selected image, do one of the following:

  • From the main menu, select Tools | External Tools | Optimize PNG.

  • Right-click a file in the Project tool window and select External Tools | Optimize PNG from the context menu.

    Run External tool
  • In the Settings/Preferences dialog Ctrl+Alt+S, select Keymap, find the Optimize PNG action under the External Tools node, and assign a shortcut for it . Use the shortcut to run the tool.

    Create a shortcut for an external tool

When the tool runs, its output is displayed in the Run tool window:

Running External Tool

Run the added tool on a remote server

  • From the main menu, select Tools | Remote tools | Date and time.

  • In the Settings/Preferences dialog Ctrl+Alt+S, select Keymap, find the Date and time action, and assign a shortcut for it. Use the shortcut to run the tool.

After you specify the host, port, and credentials, GoLand will connect to the server via SSH and run the date command, returning the output to the Run tool window in GoLand.

Last modified: 09 July 2020