IntelliJ IDEA 2017.3 Help

Run/Debug Configurations Dialog

Run | Edit Configurations


Use this dialog box to create, edit, or remove run/debug configurations, and configure the default settings that will apply to all newly created run/debug configurations.

Click here for the description of the options that are common for all run/debug configurations.

The default settings are grouped under the Defaults node in the left-hand part of the dialog box.


add Alt+Insert Click this button to add a new configuration to the list.
delete Alt+Delete Click this button to remove the selected configuration from the list.
copy Ctrl+D Click this button to create a copy of the selected configuration.
settings Edit defaultsClick this button to edit the default configuration templates. The defaults are used for newly created configurations.
arrowUp or arrowDown Alt+Up or Alt+Down Use these buttons to move the selected configuration or folder up and down in the list.

The order of configurations or folders in the list defines the order in which configurations appear in the Run/Debug drop-down list on the main toolbar.

folder Move into new folder / Create new folder Use this button to create a new folder.

If one or more run/debug configurations are in focus, the selected run/debug configurations are automatically moved to the newly created folder. If only a category is in focus, an empty folder is created.

Move run/debug configurations to a folder using drag-and-drop, or the arrowUp arrowDown buttons.

sortAlphabetically Sort configurations Click this button to sort configurations in alphabetical order.

Common options

NameIn this text box, specify the name of a new run/debug configuration. This field is not available for the default run/debug configurations.
Defaults This node in the left-hand pane contains the default run/debug configuration settings. Select configuration to modify its default settings in the right-hand pane. The defaults are applied to all newly created run/debug configurations.
Share Select this check box to make the run/debug configuration available to other team members.

If the directory-based project format is used, the settings for a run/debug configuration are stored in a separate .xml file in the .idea\runConfigurations folder if the run/debug configuration is shared, or in the .idea\workspace.xml file otherwise.

If the file-based format is used, the settings are stored in the .ipr file for shared configurations, or in the .iws file otherwise.

This check box is not available when editing the run/debug configuration defaults.

Before launchUse the controls in this area to specify which tasks must performed before applying the run/debug configuration. The tasks are performed in the order they appear in the list. The following options are available:
  • add (Alt+Insert): click this icon to add a task to the list. Select one of the following task types:
    • Run External tool. Select this option to run an application which is external to IntelliJ IDEA. In the dialog that opens, select the application or applications that should be run. If the necessary application is not defined in IntelliJ IDEA yet, add its definition. For more information, see Configuring Third-Party Tools andExternal Tools.
    • Run Another Configuration: select this option to execute one on the existing run/debug configuration. Choose a configuration to execute from the dialog box that opens.
    • Make: select this option to have the project or the module compiled. The Make Module command will be executed if a particular module is specified in the run/debug configuration, or the Make Project command if no modules are specified.
    • Make, no error check: this option is the same as Make, the only difference being is that IntelliJ IDEA will start the run/debug configuration irrespective of the compilation result.
    • Build Artifacts: select this option to build artifacts. Select the artifact(s) you want to build in the dialog that opens. For more information, see Working with Artifacts.
    • Run Ant target: select this option to execute an Ant target. In the dialog that opens select a target that you want to build. For more information, see Ant.
    • Run Maven goal: select this option to run a Maven goal. In the dialog that opens, select a goal that you want to run. For more information, see Maven.
    • Run Gradle task: select this option to run a Gradle task. In the dialog that opens, select a task that you want to run. For more information, see Gradle
    • Compile TypeScript: select this option to run the built-in TypeScript compiler and thus make sure that all the changes you made to your TypeScript code are reflected in the generated JavaScript files. In the TypeScript Compile Settings dialog that opens, select or clear the Check errors checkbox to configure the behaviour of the compiler in case any errors are detected:
      • If the Check errors checkbox is selected, the compiler will show all the errors and the run configuration will not start.
      • If the Check errors checkbox is cleared, the compiler will show all the detected errors but the run configuration still will be launched.
    • Run File Watcher: select this option to run the File Watchers that are active in the current project. For more information, see Using File Watchers.
    • Generate CoffeeScript Source Maps. Select this option to have the source maps for your CoffeeScript sources generated. In the dialog that opens, specify where your CoffeeScript source files are located. For more information, see CoffeeScript.
    • Run Remote External tool: select this option to run a remote SSH external tool. In the dialog that opens, specify the SSH external tool that you want to run. For more information, see Remote SSH External Tools.
  • delete (Alt+Delete): click this icon to remove the selected task from the list.
  • edit1 (Enter): click this icon to modify the selected task. Edit the task settings in the dialog that opens.
  • arrowUp (Alt+Up): click this icon to move the selected task up in the list.
  • arrowDown (Alt+Down): click this icon to move the selected task down in the list.
  • Show this page: select this check box if you want to display the run/debug configuration settings before applying it.
  • Active tool window: select this option if you want the Run/Debug tool windows to be activated automatically when you run/debug your application. This option is enabled by default.


Confirm rerun with process terminationThe behavior of this checkbox depends on whether the Single instance only checkbox is selected for a particular run/debug configuration.
  • If this checkbox is selected, then, in case of a single instance, launching a new process (for example, by clicking run on the main toolbar) while another process is still running, results in showing a dialog box prompting to terminate the current process before launching a new one.
  • If this checkbox is not selected (or in case of multiple instances), IntelliJ IDEA starts the new process silently.
Temporary configurations limit Specify here the maximum number of temporary configurations to be stored and shown in the Select Run/Debug Configuration drop-down list.
Last modified: 6 March 2018

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