What to expect? CLion 2018.3 roadmap


A big CLion 2018.2 release has happened just recently. Have you tried the new version yet? If not, get your free 30-day trial on our site now. Clangd, new project models, Google Sanitizers, and many other goodies are waiting inside!

Meanwhile, we’ve already discussed and planned future improvements for CLion and would like to share our plans with you. But first, let’s follow our good tradition and thank our evaluators!

Special thanks

We’d like to thank all evaluators for helping us ship so many great new improvements in CLion 2018.2. The huge variety of your projects and setups made this task much easier for us! These 3 contributors to CLion’s Early Access Program deserve a special mention:

  • Sebastian Hofstetter – we’d like to especially thank Sebastian not only for detecting a clangd issue on Windows, but also for his detailed investigation which led to easy and quick understanding of the problem on our side.
  • Tesla Ice Zhang
  • Alexey Klimkin

In appreciation of your efforts, we present each of you with a free 1-year subscription for CLion (to extend your current subscription or get a new one). You will receive a personal email with details on how to claim your license. (If for some reason you do not get any email from us within a week, ping us here in the comments.)

CLion 2018.3 roadmap

We’re keeping focus on the major directions outlined previously, but we now have a clearer vision of particular areas and tasks.

Note: The following is a preliminary plan; we cannot guarantee that all of the features listed below will be included in CLion 2018.3.
  • C++ Support:
    • Clangd-based language engine requires some polishing of the current code, fixes on Windows, and several general pain-points. We’ll also consider moving other code insight features (at least some local ones) to this language engine, one by one.
    • Bug fixing in the current language engine. Better C++17 knowledge will likely be also added to CLion’s own engine.
  • IDE performance:
    We’ll continue our incremental job of fixing UI freezes and improving performance across the board.
  • Remote development:
    The first prototype is under development and we really hope to include it in v2018.3. The target system will likely be limited to Linux.
  • Project Models:
    • Improve compilation database integration in CLion.
    • Add an ability to build/run projects from compilation database through user-defined commands.
    • Investigate other project models and continue our work on project model API in CLion.
  • Formatter:
    • Integrate clang-format as a separate tool for explicit code reformatting.
    • Consider importing formatting settings from the clang-format files.
  • Debugger:

As usual, your feature requests and suggestions are welcome in our tracker.

Your CLion Team
The Drive to Develop

image description