How to install PyCharm on Ubuntu 18.04

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is a full featured IDE for Python and web development. It has built-in debugging support, Docker and Vagrant support, embedded Git control, Anaconda support, syntax highlighting, code completion, SSH terminal, code refactoring, and extensive navigation functions.

PyCharm is extensible via plugins and offers support for Python web development frameworks such as Django and Flask. It can also be used for development in other programming languages ​​such as JavaScript, SQL, HTML, CSS, AngularJS, Node.js, and more.

PyCharm is available in two editions, Community and Professional. More information on the differences between the two editions can be found here here

This tutorial will show you how to install PyCharm Community Edition on Ubuntu 18.04.


Before proceeding with this tutorial, make sure that you are logged in as a user with sudo permissions.

Install PyCharm

The easiest way to install PyCharm on Ubuntu 18.04 is to use the snappy
Packaging system.

To download and install the PyCharm Snap package, open your terminal with the Ctrl+Alt+T Key combination and type:

sudo snap install pycharm-community --classic

The download may take some time depending on the connection speed. If PyCharm is successfully installed, you will see the following output:

pycharm-community 2018.2.4 from 'jetbrains' installed

Alternatively, you can install PyCharm CE from the Ubuntu Software Center as shown in the image below:

Starting PyCharm

Now that PyCharm is installed on your Ubuntu system, you can start it by clicking on the PyCharm icon (Activities -> PyCharm):

The first time you start PyCharm, a window like the following will appear, asking you to import PyCharm settings from a previous installation:

Make your selection and click OK Continue.

Next you will be asked to accept the privacy policy.

Scroll to the end and click that Accept Button. You will also be asked if you want to send anonymous data statistics to JetBrains.

On the next screen you can customize your PyCharm installation and install additional plugins:

Once you’ve finished customizing, it’s time to create a new project.


You’ve learned how to install PyCharm on your Ubuntu 18.04 computer. You are now ready to explore your new IDE and start working on your Python projects.

Although this tutorial was written for Ubuntu 18.04, the same instructions apply to Ubuntu 16.04 and any Ubuntu-based distribution, including Linux Mint, Kubuntu, and Elementary OS.

For more information on getting started with PyCharm, visit the PyCharm documentation

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