Run Anything is a quick way to launch run/debug configurations, scripts and applications, Rake tasks, Rails generators, 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.
Open the Run Anything popup
Press Ctrl twice.
Alternatively, click on the toolbar.
The icon is not shown by default. To add it, open the Settings/Preferences dialog Ctrl+Alt+S, go to , 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
Start typing the run/debug configuration name and select it from the suggestions list:
To debug a run configuration, hold Shift when launching it.
Run anything allows you to execute various Ruby- or Rails-specific commands, for instance:
Tests (Minitest, Rspec, Cucumber, and so on)
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.
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.
This functionality may be helpful when running scratch files, as they are outside of the project’s root folder.
You can also use an arbitrary location as the working directory. It is configured in the top-right corner of the 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: