For those who want to contribute to projects or to develop with python, PyCharm is a good IDE. He provides many features like many language (Python, Markdown, Yaml…) and great tools to develop your python library or software.


You just need a python version from 2.4 up to version 3.5. Currently, your package provides it:

# Example on Debian for python 2.7
sudo apt-get install python2.7

You need to have access to a root user.

# Download Archive

First you need to download PyCharm archive here. If you have non licence, download Community Edition.

This will download a tar.gz archive. Once finished, uncompress it:

tar xzvf pycharm-community-2016.2.tar.gz -C /tmp/

Remove previous install

If you have already install PyCharm on your PC, remove old installation folder:

sudo rm -R  /opt/pycharm-community

Install PyCharm

You now have a folder called pycharm-community-2016.2 in /tmp. Let’s move to /opt folder:

sudo mv /tmp/pycharm-community* /opt/pycharm-community

Making PyCharm Symlinks

Now create symlinks for your user, if this is your first Pycharm installation:

sudo su -c "ln -s /opt/pycharm-community/bin/ /usr/local/bin/pycharm"
sudo su -c "ln -s /opt/pycharm-community/bin/ /usr/local/bin/inspect"

Launch PyCharm

Now you that’s done ! You’ve just to launch PyCharm:


If you had previous install, PyCharm attempt to import your previous settings (“I want to import my settings from a previous version (~/.PyCharm2016.1/config)”. Just click on OK.

PyCharm is now launch, and he’ll update your plugins. Restart it after this process.


Install of PyCharm is very easy and if you develop in Python, that’s one of the best IDE you can find on Linux.