Code::Blocks command line arguments

From Code::Blocks

Using command line arguments


  1. Find the Code::Blocks shortcut in the Desktop or Start menu.
  2. Right click on the icon and select Properties.
  3. Select the Shortcut tab.
  4. Append the command line arguments you want to use to the end of the Target text (behind the quote mark).
  5. Run Code::Blocks by using the shortcut you edited.


"C:\Program Files\CodeBlocks\codeblocks.exe" /na /nd


  1. Launch a terminal client, such as XTerm, Gnome Terminal or Konsole.
  2. Type "codeblocks" and then append the command line arguments you want to use.

Note: Code::Blocks can not run on a real console, X11 must be running and you must use a graphical terminal emulator.


codeblocks --no-splash-screen --debug-log

Command line arguments

Argument Function
Windows Windows(MSYS2, WSL)

Linux, Unix, MacOS

<filename> Specifies the project *.cbp filename or workspace *.workspace filename. For instance <filename> may be c:\some\where\a\project.cbp. Place this argument at end of command line, just before output redirection if any.
--file=<filename>[:line] Open file in Code::Blocks and optionally jump to a specific line.
/h, /? --help, --? Shows a help message about the command line arguments.
/na --no-check-associations Don't perform any file association checks (Windows only).
/nd --no-dde Don't start a DDE server (Windows only).
/ns --no-splash-screen Hides the splash screen when the application is loading.
/d --debug-log Display application's debug log.
--prefix=<str> Sets the shared data directory prefix.
/p --personality=<str>, --profile=<str> Sets the personality to use. You can use ask as the parameter to list available personalities.
--rebuild Clean and build the project / workspace.
--build Build the project / workspace.
--target=<str> Sets target for batch build. For example --target="Release".
--no-batch-window-close Keeps the batch log window visible after the batch build has completed.
--batch-build-notify Shows a message after the batch build has completed.
--user-data-dir=<path> specify an alternative directory for user settings and user installed plugins
--script=<str> specify a script file to run after loading
--target=<str> the target for the batch build
--clean clean the project/workspace
--rebuild clean and then build the project/workspace
--build just build the project/workspace
--verbose Enable logging of c::b errors
-S setName Set ''setName'' to current active set for global variables (after [r13245])
-D <set>.uservar.mem=val Set the member mem of uservariable uservar in set to value val. This overrides the current set value (after [r13245])
> <build log file> Placed in the very last position of command line, this may be used to redirect standard output to log file, this is not a codeblock option as such, but just a DOS/*nix shell usual standard output redirection