Clarion Handy Tools



We are doing all forward Clarion-Code development (i.e. templates, classes, demo applications, CHT Utility Applications and CHT "Batch Bot" Applications) currently using Clarion 10 and Clarion 11.

With the release of our next quarterly version update (22D.00.00) on or near October 1st, 2018 we will include a Clarion 11 cross-installer with our C10 version. This will install the CHT system across from your C10 directories over to your C11 directories along with any C11-specific components and utilities. Once C11 leaves its present BETA stage and perhaps goes "Gold", a stand-alone C11 will be provided. A Clarion 11 version AND a Clarion 10 version is, of course, included in the price of your current CHT download subscription.

Clarion 10 Active Development Version: 22C.00.02 AUG 17, 2018

Clarion 11 BETA Development Version: 22D.00.00 OCT 1, 2018

Webupdater C10 Latest Version: JUL.06.2018.C060718

Recent Webupdater/CHTSetup changes (See next item)


CHT developers with active subscriptions who have not yet moved to the "@CHT SETUP" and "@CHT WEBUPDATER" updating routine, should follow the instructions provided here:


Any questions should be directed to contact email address given below.


Older Clarion version CHT developments have been frozen at various times when these specific Clarion products were replaced with later "Gold" versions. The CHT Toolkit versions for these older Clarions share many features with current versions, depending on when they were initially "frozen".

Features added since any version freeze are not backward-added to prior CHT builds since, as often as not, these new features capitalize on capabilities not available in older Clarion versions.

Win32 development-frozen CHT toolkits are still available to Clarion developers in the event they are still using a prior Clarion version. CHT Toolkit development-frozen versions for prior Win32 Clarions, C6.3 through C9.1, are available on a one-off basis to anyone who may not yet be ready to move to Clarion 10, at a price of of $250.00 (US). This is not a subscription, just an out-right purchase, as these older version kits are development frozen and are no longer in need of regular updating. Visit our Order page from the menu above to request an installer for the version required.

CHT user experience has given us considerable feedback confirming that older Clarion version applications built with CHT templates in them, will port effortlessly to Clarion 10 when the apps are pure ABC + CHT. Our ability to stay in-synch and let you move forward, with Clarion's newer versions is the very best, and unique to CHT!


Our present template count is at 487 templates, including:

175 Extension Templates,
153 Control Templates,
82  Jump Start Templates
36  Utility Templates,
24  Code Templates,
17  Procedure Templates,
500+ Template Subroutines

CHT Code-Generating Templates provide a self-documenting programmer interface to the underlying OOP classes. Check out the links below the next image to see a current list of CHT Templates.


Build 22C.00.02 templates, as always, are 100% Clarion 10 compatible.

Applications built with Clarion + CHT using earlier Clarions and their matching CHT version will port easily and effortlessly to the next Clarion version.


CHT has packaged its wizard templates into a form we call "Jumpstarts" from a template interface named JumpStartProceduresUtility. Many of these TXA-based wizards create individual, pre-built procedures or functions that provide some immediately practical end-use such as sending an email or uploading a file by FTP or HTTP, sending an SMS message, or encrypting and compressing a disk file to enumerate a few.

A number of these "Jumpstarts" go even further by creating fully viable applications, for example:

A ready-to-run Static Page Web Server

A fully-working File Delivery, Web Server

The procedures and/or applications brought into being by these wizard templates are working models or prototypes with which developers are encouraged to work forward. Wizard outputs are built on Clarion ABC base templates combined with CHT functional templates, sometimes including embedded code.

Full control and adaptability is there to push the produced procedures and/or applications further, or to adapt them to the developer's own, specific end-use needs.



Our present "Classes" count is at 131 object-oriented class libraries provided in pure text, source code format. These class libraries contain approximately 6000 unique methods - not counting overrides and derivations.

Our class libraries do the actual work of The Clarion Handy Tools. All classes latched into your application by our templates are fully-embeddable. This means that the native behaviours and properties of all classes can be adjusted to accommodate the needs of your specific application via embedding.

Embedding, as always, can be performed manually by the developer, or can be, and is, performed by our templates using information you provide on the template interface.



CHT Classes Documentation (HTML)

All CHT source-code classes are multi-language compatible - a single translation file controls end-user messages and screen prompts presented by the classes.

All CHT classes have one or more class-specific templates with which to incorporate them into your application procedures as well as set properties. This framework of OOP-based code libraries is kept up to date in order to be fully compatible with each new Clarion version or sub-version release.


CHT is an all SOURCE CODE product. We provide full source code for all CHT Class Libraries, Templates, Utility Applications, CHT-BATCH-BOTS, XSA-PROJECT-KITS and Demonstration Applications.

The chief advantage of obtaining source code is greater compatibility across Clarion versions. And owning source code also affords developers a greater measure of understanding and protection of their investment. With source code in hand, the exact behavior of any class method, template, application or binary component, can be studied by examining the code even if you never intend to derive, override or change it.

All CHT binary components (.EXE's .DLL's, .OCX's) have Clarion class-code as well as template interfaces that help to integrate them into your Clarion applications.

Many of the binary components that we ship pre-compiled with the CHT toolkit are available in source code (.APP) format already. And the source code .APP files are an integral part of the CHT standard product subscription.



Additions, improvements and fixes are posted for subscriber download as soon as they've been extensively tested and are ready to use and fully documented. We provide four major build updates (A,B,C,D) a year, one each quarter, with numerous minor build updates in between.

Updating is performed at times decided by subscribers themselves, using a download/installation/update software tool we call CHT Webupdater, which you see pictured immediately, below.




While CHT does contain a number of CHT-developed, DLL and OCX COM/API interface components, all but two of these are built with MS C++ or MS C# and so are independent of the Clarion run-time such that they continue to work across Clarion versions, newer or older. In all cases the interface layer to these non-clarion-language components is provided in Clarion source code as well. And in the case of the two Clarion-based DLL components listed in the Catalog of CHT Binaries below, the source .APP files are provided.

All CHT DLL/OCX binaries are code-signed by us. CHT Developers may ship these components with their apps as-is, or re-sign them with their own code-signing certificate(s). CHT templates and ship (.SHP) files, document and enumerate any/all binary components necessary to be shipped with the developer's compiled application.





These command-line utilities are provided to developers as pre-compiled, code-signed, stand-alone executables.

They are written in C# and are very compact with few or no dependencies. Source code for these items is not included with the CHT Toolkit but may be purchased separately by written request and special arrangement.

Developers may use these executables (which are included in the CHT Toolkit) as-is, by calling them from their applications in a console-captured manner using the proprietary CHT Snap-Ins Template interface along with a host of control templates that incorporate the "Snap-Ins" into your Clarion application in a seamless manner.



CHT Batch Bots are command-line applications of various sorts. These command-line utilities are provided to developers both as pre-compiled, code-signed, stand-alone executables, as well as in application, source format. Developers may use executables as-is, by calling them from their applications in a console-captured manner, or from batch scripts.

Another option with CHT Batch Bots, since the source application is provided, is modifying the applications to suit, any developer's unique requirements. CHT Batch Bots provide a wide variety of end-uses. Click the link provided above to learn more.



CHT Utility Applications are toolkit support applications of various kinds provided both in pre-compiled format and in CLARION source code. These are a standard part of the toolkit always updated and code signed with each major or minor build.

Click here to read more about each of these utility apps and what function each provides to your CHT/CLARION experience.

Want to translate CHT Class text and windows - every string, window label, error message - to another language? You can do that and maintain and merge your translation work with later CHT versions easily, using a utility application called CHT Translation File Builder.

CHT Translation File Builder

Want to send SMS messages? Do it from our pre-compiled utility called CHT SMS Messaging Example? Or use it as a model to craft your own SMS-sending utility or plug-in SMS procedure.

CHT SMS Messaging Example

Want to code sign your production applications in bulk? Do it with a CHT Toolkit Utility Application called CHT Bulk Code Signing Tools.

CHT Bulk Code Signing Tools

There are more than 50 CHT Utility Applications! You're invited to use them as-is to enhance your CHT Toolkit experience.

You're also welcome to adapt any of them to your own use. Even resell them as stand-alone pre-compiled applications. If you plan to resell, we ask you to rework the application interface and the application name and give us some credit on your spash screen. Resale of these as source code, is not permitted.



We're continually rebuilding and adding to our demonstration applications. There are currently 226+/- applications listed in our Demo Applications summary document.

CHT demonstration applications illustrate different aspects of The Clarion Handy Tools in action - an Auto-Backup Tool (backs up your apps as you work), numerous HTTP Web Servers (four different types), a numerous Zip Tools (in source code), a Clarion Project Builder (compile manager), and many, many more.

Click either of the links above the next two images, CHT Clarion Project Builder and CHT Auto-Backup Configurator to find out more about our demo applications and which templates and classes are used in each.

CHT Clarion Project Builder


CHT Auto-Backup Configurator


CHT Demo Applications Document (HTML)
CHT Utility Applications (HTML)
CHT "Batch Bot" Applications (HTML)

We always endeavor to make example applications "real-world" enough so that they can act as starting points – or jump starts – for your own work. The source code for our CHT tool-kit utilities is included with our "demo" applications, for instance, the CHT Project Builder (Formerly CHT Compile Manager) and CHT Auto-Backup Configurator pictured above.


All demonstration applications are accompanied by an Application Templates Schematic and an Application Classes Schematic.

These let you instantly see which CHT templates and classes have been used on a procedure-by-procedure basis for quicker understanding. This same CHT capability is available for your own applications from the CHT Global Control Panel Template inside your application.


With the Click of a Button You Can Generate HTML Format Application Stats and Schematics

Application Image Lists

Templates-By-Procedure Schematics

Tables-By-Procedure Schematics

Classes-By-Procedure Schematics

Registered Classes Schematics

CHT Classes List

CHT Templates List


Quite a number of our demo applications, in addition to serving to demonstrate use of CHT templates and classes to achieve certain outcomes, also serve as utility applications that extend and support the total CHT experience.

Just Some of the Useful CHT Utility Executables Shipped Also With Source .APP Files

CHT Utility Applications Overview

CHT "Batch Bots" Overview

CHT Web Client Server

CHT Web Client Application

CHT Project Builder

CHT Installation Tuner

CHT FTP Wizard


CHT Forum Server

CHT Web Scripter

CHT Template Help Writer


CHT Installation Builder

CHT Translation File Builder

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