Registering for a JetBrains account and installing CLion

Account registration

  1. The CLion software is free for educational use, but you need to register with your Rhodes email address to confirm you are a student. Start the process here.

  2. After you are done registering, you should receive an email from JetBrains with a confirmation link. Click the link to confirm your registration.

  3. You will then receive a second email. Click the link inside to activate your educational license.

  4. At this point, you will register for your JetBrains account.

  5. When you are done, you should see a screen like this one:

Downloading CLion

Download CLion from this link.

Starting CLion for the first time

  1. Start CLion.

  2. In the "Complete Installation" window, choose "I do not have a previous version..." and click "OK."

  3. If a CLion Privacy Policy Agreement appears, click "Accept."

  4. The following CLion License Activation pop-up window should appear on your screen:

  5. Enter the email address and password you used to register your JetBrains educational account earlier. This should be your Rhodes email address and whatever password you chose. Click "Activate."

  6. You can choose either UI Theme (it can be changed later). Click "Next: Toolchains."

  7. This step is the most important one; this is where we tell CLion about our C++ compiler. If this doesn't get set up correctly, we won't be able to compile our code.

    This window will appear.



    You should not need to edit any of the information on this screen; the compiler will be automatically detected. Wait at least fifteen seconds for the detection to finish. (It may appear as though nothing is happening, especially on Windows, but just wait a few seconds.) On both Mac and PC, you should see check marks for all the items at the bottom of the screen. If there are any red stop signs, something is wrong and you should make sure your compiler was installed correctly. See Professor Kirlin if you need help.

  8. Once everything is detected, click "Next: Default plugins."

  9. At this point, just click "Next" to accept the defaults until you can click "Start using CLion."
Continue with directions to make a CLion project.