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Run anything

Run Anything is a quick way to launch run/debug configurations, applications, scripts, commands, tasks, and open recent projects. It also helps you use proper command syntax by generating suggestions as you type. When you call a command, Run Anything delegates the further work to the appropriate tools.

The Run Anything popup

Open the Run Anything popup

Press Ctrl twice.

Alternatively, click the Run Anything icon on the toolbar.

The icon is not shown by default. To add it, open the Settings/Preferences dialog Ctrl+Alt+S, go to Appearance and Behavior | Menus and Toolbars, expand the Main Toolbar node, and add the Run Anything action, for example, below Search Everywhere. See Menus and toolbars for details.

Launch a run/debug configuration

  1. Start typing the run/debug configuration name and select it from the suggestions list:

    Start run/debug configurations from the Run Anything popup
  2. To debug a run configuration, hold Shift when launching it.

Run commands

  • Start typing the command name and navigate the suggestions list using the arrow keys. When you press Space, you accept the current suggestion and get further suggestions specific to this command.

    Run a Command in the Run Anything dialog
  • To get the list of available commands, type ?. The list of commands depends on the installed/enabled plugins. If a command is not on the suggestion list, it will be executed in the terminal.

By default, the working directory depends on the project or module you are currently in. To use the location of the current file as the working directory, hold Alt when running a command.

You can also use an arbitrary location as the working directory. It is configured in the top-right corner of the dialog:

Configure Context in the Run Anything dialog

Open a recent project

You can also quickly reopen a recent project from the Run Anything popup. Search for the project by the name or type open to shorten the list of suggestions, then select the required project from the list, and press Enter:

Opening a recent project from the Run Anything popup
Last modified: 02 August 2022