CLion on Windows, basic setup

I’m using Clion on OSX, and it works great.
I would like to use Clion also on windows, but there I have some issues making it work. I am probably missing some key components.
I have installed the latest version of clion.
I have added a Clion exporter in Projucer, but it is greyed out.
I have added a code::blocks exporter (as I read that this is where the clion exporter gets its settings)
I have Visual Studio installed, and working fine.
What else do I need? Is there a guide I can follow?

Hi @Nikolai,

If you want to use the CLion exporter of Projucer on Windows, you need a port of gcc for Windows (commonly called “MinGW”). The easiest way to get it is to install the Code::Blocks IDE, which bundles that compiler. You can also get gcc for Windows (without installing the Code::Blocks IDE) from:

If you want to use CLion with the MSVC compiler (which comes with Visual Studio), you can’t use the CLion exporter of Projucer. You can try using FRUT (I’m the author), to convert your .jucer project into a CMake project, and then open it in CLion. I don’t use CLion, so I can’t guarantee that it would work, but I’m happy to help (here, via PM, or on GitHub) if you get into issues.

I hope this helps!


Does anyone else find compilation using MinGW on Windows achingly slow? Any tips on improving compile times?

Thank you. I will try to go down the msvc road.

I use FRUT with CLion and I can only recommend this approach… much better than the projucer target in my opinion.

Can you please explain what’s easier/works better in the FRUT generated version compared to the Projucer CLion exporter?