CLion 1.5 EAP opens: Dive deep into directories control, Swift and more!

Anastasia Kazakova


Holidays are right around the corner and many of us are already feeling the Christmas spirit. Still, our team is hard at work on CLion 1.5, as we had so many great things planned!

Today we are excited to announce the launch of CLion 1.5 EAP. As usual, builds are available on our Confluence page and we are waiting impatiently for your feedback in the comments below and in our tracker. Please note that a patch from a stable CLion 1.2.2 is not available until CLion 1.5 gets stable. This EAP doesn’t require an active license, so use it for free until the build expiration date.


With so many new things on board we’re going to have several detailed blog posts and now provide just a short overview of all the changes.

CMake 3.4

CLion 1.5 EAP comes with CMake 3.4 bundled. No need to install it separately in case you are on the cutting edge of CMake evolution.

Mark directory as

This new features provides you with more control over project files, libraries and excluded files while working with your project in CLion:

  • You can exclude directories to avoid their being indexed by CLion (in case it takes too long, or there are just binaries/logs/etc. in there),
  • Or mark directories as project files (with all the Intellisense working in them),
  • Or mark directories as libraries (so that CLion will work with some reasonable limitations inside these files, like no refactoring or code generation applied there).

Read more about the differences and use cases.


Swift recently went Open Source as you already know. Many of our users have asked about a Swift IDE for Linux. How about Swift support in CLion? In case you are ready to try, download the Swift plugin .jar file and learn how to install and configure it in our blog post. Besides, find there more details on the features included, and now a small teaser:

Remote Host Access

In this EAP build you will find a new bundled plugin called Remote Host Access. Users of other IDEs from JetBrains like WebStorm, PhpStorm or PyCharm are already aware of it. You could find this plugin useful in case you need to synchronize your sources with the remote host from time to time, for example if you develop on one machine but build/run on another. To automate the uploading of changed files, configure the FTP, FTPS, SFTP or other folder by going to Settings and choosing Build, Execution, Deployment | Deployment:
You can then also configure path mappings and excluded paths (to avoid downloading/uploading any files in particular). Files are uploaded after an autosave or when you manually click Save (Ctrl+S on Linux/Windows, ⌘S on OS X).

Google Test configurations

This build also addresses the usability issue with configurations when using Google Test. If you open your project in CLion for the first time, Google Test targets become usual configurations in CLion, meaning that no built-in test runner is used for them. Now, CLion tries (when it can) to detect them and use a Google Test configuration template. The detection rule is pretty simple: if the target is linked with gtest, then a Google Test configuration will be created for it automatically.

If you’ve previously created configurations manually, don’t worry – CLion won’t touch/update them. Only newly created targets and projects opened in CLion for the first time will be affected.

That’s about it, and the full release notes are available here if you’re after more details.

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28 Responses to CLion 1.5 EAP opens: Dive deep into directories control, Swift and more!

  1. Sidney Just says:

    December 16, 2015

    Thank you for the “Mark directory as” option, very much appreciated! And also, as a complete side note, I love the splash screen, it’s gorgeous! Is there any chance this one will stick around with us for the final version?

    • Anastasia Kazakova says:

      December 16, 2015

      We’ll consider the option. Can’t give you any promises.

      • András Czigány says:

        January 12, 2016

        I really like the new splash screen too, +1 for that. But I would be sad to see the icon itself changing to the one in the EAP. I like that nifty sealion around the dot.

    • Nick says:

      December 17, 2015

      +1 on the splash screen

      • Anastasia Kazakova says:

        December 17, 2015


  2. Rich Eakin says:

    December 16, 2015

    Thanks for the quick EAP, looking forward to trying it out. I did the auto update for the dart plugin and now it’s telling me that it is ‘incompatible with current IDE build’, is there a way to roll it back until it is updated?

    • Anastasia Kazakova says:

      December 17, 2015

      Dart plugin is currently available for 143 branch only, but we’ll ping the team to publish an update for 144 one (the one that CLion 1.5 EAP is out). Hopefully will be done before the end of the week. Follow the updates in the plugin repository.

    • Alexander Doroshko says:

      December 17, 2015

      Compatible Dart plugin is published, sorry for inconvenience.

      • Rich Eakin says:

        December 17, 2015

        Sweet, everything working here, thanks for the update.

        • Anastasia Kazakova says:

          December 17, 2015

          Great! Thanks

  3. David Zemon says:

    December 17, 2015

    THANK YOU SO MUCH for the ability to exclude directories!!! I can’t wait to try this at work tomorrow on our GIANT project. I’m very hopeful that excluding the “bin” directory will make things run much faster!

    Did I mention I’m excited????????

    • Anastasia Kazakova says:

      December 17, 2015

      Hope you like it even more when try) Feel free to share the feedback.

  4. Mikhail R says:

    December 17, 2015

    How it’s going the support of LLDB in Linux build. I’ve heard that CLion want to support it as soon as possible, because it is really faster than GDB.

  5. Roman says:

    December 17, 2015

    Wow, Swift support is good, but I would prefer D and Rust. When do you plan to add them?

    • Anastasia Kazakova says:

      December 18, 2015

      There are some 3rd party plugins for D and Rust in the repository:
      We are currently not planning to contribute into them. However, there is for example Go plugin which JetBrains team contributes into.

    • John says:

      December 28, 2015

      Agree that Jetbrains could dominate the emerging Rust market if they made an Intellij IDE for it. When the day comes, I’ll be the first to use it.

  6. Christian says:

    December 30, 2015

    Latest version fixes the autocompletion bug when having double closing brackets … Like!

  7. John says:

    January 1, 2016

    Has the CLion team been following the recent Guidelines Support Library (GSL) project? Seems like it would be very powerful if integrated into CLion.

    • Anastasia Kazakova says:

      January 4, 2016

      CLion has its own code inspections that makes quite powerful code analysis including DFA and even providing quick fixes. However we do consider adding GSL to it as well in future:

  8. Kevin Davis says:

    January 14, 2016

    CLion supporting alternate toolchains would be a very powerful tool ties with Remote Host Access. Executing on a separate host that may not be running the same OS as the development host is a very real configuration. Please consider having alternate toolchains.

    • Anastasia Kazakova says:

      January 14, 2016

      Could you please share some sample use case / toolchains samples you are mostly interesting in?

  9. Corner WU says:

    March 2, 2017

    About Remote Host Access:
    When I built the project on windows, if the CLion can launch the cmake on the linux, and then seed back the building result to the windows CLion. I think it will be amazing. Just like which use the ssh login into the linux in my window. All the command enter in the shell of the windows, but it have been send to execute in the remote Linux and then the execute result will been send back to the shell on the windows. Then when I do the linux development, I don’t have to install the cygwin or mingw, I just access the remote host by my CLion.

    But, currently, the CLion cannot seem to do it. Don’t know future plans to support this feature? Thank you very much.

  10. David K Lind says:

    May 15, 2017

    I’m running CLion 2017.1.1.

    I saw above:
    if the target is linked with gtest, then a Google Test configuration will be created for it automatically.

    I have a large CMake project with numerous Google Test components. They all link with gmock using a CMake find module of our creation.

    When CLion loads our top level CMakeLists.txt, gtest components are not being added as Google Test projects but the normal Application projects.


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