How to Install PyCharm on Linux [Step-By-Step]

Published on August 3, 2022
How to Install PyCharm on Linux [Step-By-Step]

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PyCharm is an Integrated Development Environment for Python developed by Jetbrains. It offers an intelligent code editor and tools for debugging, refactoring, and profiling the code.

Apart from this it also has a built-in terminal and integration with major Version controls systems (Git, SVN, etc.) and Virtual Machines like Docker and Vagrant.

This feature-rich environment is the reason, PyCharm has quickly become one of the most popular IDE among developers. Since a lot of developers use Linux, we will take a look at how to install PyCharm on Linux.

Installing PyCharm on Linux

There are two major ways to install Pycharm on Linux. The first one is using the official tar package released by JetBrains and the other is through a Snap package.

Installing PyCharm on Linux using Snap

Snaps are an app package developed by Canonical. They are marketed as universal packages and are supported by all major distributions including Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Debian, Arch, Fedora, and Manjaro. For a full list of supported distributions refer here.

To install packages through snap, we first need to have snapd on your system. If you don’t have snap installed on your system, refer here to learn how to download snap.

Now to install PyCharm, run the following command:

sudo snap install pycharm-community --classic  \\For free version 
sudo snap install pycharm-professional --classic \\For paid version 

Installing PyCharm on Linux using tar

This method simply required downloading and unpacking a tarball and can be used on ANY Linux distribution.

Step 1: Download Tarball

Go to the Pycharm Download page and download the package of your choice. In this tutorial, I will be installing the Community (Free) package.

Pycharm Download Page

Step 2: Extract the Tarball

After you have downloaded the tar package, go ahead and unpack it using the tar command.

tar -xvzf /path/to/pycharm/tarball 

Tarball Pycharm Extract

Flags explained :

  • x : Extract the tar file
  • v : Makes the process verbose but
  • z : Uses gzip (for tar.gz files)
  • f : Specifies file input

Step 3: Make PyCharm executable

With Tarballs, we don’t have to install anything. Instead, we just have to extract the tarball and make the shell script executable by giving them certain permissions.

To do this, go to the extracted folder (it must be in the same folder as the tarball), enter its bin folder and use chmod on the PyCharm shell file.

cd pycharm-community-2021.3.2/bin/
chmod u+x pycharm.sh

Setup Pycharm Tarball

Setting up Pycharm on Linux

If you have installed Pycharm through snaps, you can launch it from the start menu or by typing Pycharm in the terminal. If you have installed it through tarball, simply go to the bin folder of the extracted pycharm folder and execute the pycharm.sh file by typing ./pycharm.sh in the terminal.

When you start up PyCharm for the first time, you will be prompted with terms and conditions. After accepting the Terms and Conditions, PyCharm will ask you whether you want to send “Anonymous Statistics” or not.

PyCharm Startup

After accepting the necessary terms, you can start your first project in Pycharm or you can open an already existing project. Other than this you can also open a project from VCS such as Git.

PyCharm Newproject


In this article, we learned how to install Pycharm, which is an integrated development environment widely used by programmers around the world. It can be installed either using the tar file or the snap package manager. To learn more about Pycharm, check out the documentation here. How to Install PyCharm on Linux

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