Quick ways to Install PyCharm IDE on Ubuntu 24.04

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In this tutorial, you will learn 3 quick ways to easily install PyCharm IDE on Ubuntu 24.04. PyCharm is an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) developed specifically for Python programming. It provides a wide range of features to support Python development including code editor, code debugger, version control integration with other tools such as Git, code analysis, web development, support for other code testing frameworks, among other features. Read more on the features page.

Installing PyCharm IDE on Ubuntu 24.04

There are various ways in which PyCharm IDE can be installed on an Ubuntu system. These include;

  1. Install PyCharm from Snap store
  2. Install PyCharm from Flathub
  3. Install PyCharm using PyCharm Tarball

Also, there are two versions of PyCharm; A professional version which is paid, and a free community version. We will be installing the community version in this guide.

System Requirements for Installing PyCharm

To smoothly run PyCharm, you need to have;

  • At least 2 GB of free RAM (8 GB recommended)
  • Multi-core CPU
  • At least 3.5 GB of free Disk space
  • Python:
    • Python 2.7 or
    • Python 3.6 and higher versions

Installing PyCharm from Snap Store

To install PyCharm from Snap store, you need to have Snap installed. Luckily, Ubuntu 24.04 ships with Snap pre-installed and ready for use. Therefore, you can install PyCharm from Snap store using the command below;

sudo snap install pycharm-community --classic

The –classic option disables Snap security confinement allow it to access the entire file system and run with full privileges, similar to traditional packages installed from a package repository.

You can also install pre-release version if you need it;

sudo snap install pycharm-community --classic --edge

Install PyCharm from Flathub

To install PyCharm from Flathub, you need to have Flatpak package manager as well as Flathub repository installed and setup. You can learn how to install and setup Flatpak and Flathub repository on Ubuntu 24.04 by following the guide below;

How to Install and Use Flatpak on Ubuntu 24.04

Once you have Flatpak and Flathub repo setup, then install PyCharm.

Get the PyCharm Flatpak application ID;

sudo flatpak search pycharm
Name                       Description                          Application ID                                  Version       Branch      Remotes
PyCharm-Professional       The most intelligent Python IDE      com.jetbrains.PyCharm-Professional              2024.1.1      stable      flathub
PyCharm-Community          The most intelligent Python IDE      com.jetbrains.PyCharm-Community                 2024.1.1      stable      flathub
Python 2.7                 Extension for PyCharm                com.jetbrains.PyCharm.Extensions.Python2-7      2.7.18        20.08       flathub

The Flatpak Application ID for PyCharm community edition is, com.jetbrains.PyCharm-Community.

You can install it by running the command;

sudo flatpak install com.jetbrains.PyCharm-Community

Sample installation output;

Looking for matches…
Required runtime for com.jetbrains.PyCharm-Community/x86_64/stable (runtime/org.freedesktop.Sdk/x86_64/23.08) found in remote flathub
Do you want to install it? [Y/n]: y

com.jetbrains.PyCharm-Community permissions:
    ipc                   network       pulseaudio       session-bus       x11      devices      file access [1]
    dbus access [2]

    [1] host, xdg-run/keyring
    [2] org.freedesktop.Notifications, org.freedesktop.secrets

        ID                                             Branch                 Op            Remote             Download
 1. [/] org.freedesktop.Platform.GL.default            23.08                  i             flathub                1.0 kB / 164.6 MB
 2. [ ] org.freedesktop.Platform.GL.default            23.08-extra            i             flathub            < 164.6 MB
 3. [ ] org.freedesktop.Platform.openh264              2.2.0                  i             flathub            < 944.3 kB
 4. [ ] org.freedesktop.Sdk.Locale                     23.08                  i             flathub            < 366.1 MB (partial)
 5. [ ] org.freedesktop.Sdk                            23.08                  i             flathub            < 559.8 MB
 6. [ ] com.jetbrains.PyCharm-Community                stable                 i             flathub            < 670.3 MB

Installing 6/6… ████████████████████ 100%  65.0 MB/s  00:00

Install PyCharm using Tarball

Similarly, you can download PyCharm source code from the downloads page and install it.

Simply get the download link and pull it down using wget or curl command

wget https://download.jetbrains.com/python/pycharm-community-2024.1.1.tar.gz

Extract and Install it.

mkdir pycharm-ce
tar xzf pycharm-community-2024.1.1.tar.gz --strip-components=1 -C pycharm-ce

You can now run PyCharm;


Running PyCharm on Ubuntu 24.04

Depending on you installed PyCharm, be it from Snap store or Flathub, should be able to launch it from the applications menu or command line.

launch pycharm ubuntu 24.04

If you cannot see the app on the applications menu, log out and log back and check again.

To launch from command line, this depends on how you installed it.

If using Flatpak;

flatpak run com.jetbrains.PyCharm-Community

If using Snap;

snap run pycharm-community

If using Tarball, simply run the executable script;


Create Desktop Launcher for PyCharm Installed via Tarball Method

You can also create a desktop launcher to make PyCharm installed via tarball to be easily run.

Therefore, navigate to the source directory and launch PyCharm;

cd ~/pycharm-ce/

When lauched, open the settings by clicking the icon shown in the screenshot below;

pycharm settings

The click, Create Destkop Entry...

create pycharm desktop entry

You will be prompted whether you need the launcher for everyone else or just you. Make appropriate choice and proceed.

You will then see a notification that the desktop entry has been created. You can exit the PyCharm launched from the terminal and search from the applications menu.

pycharm desktop entry ubuntu 24.04

What this basically does it, it creates a .desktop application file under ~/.local/share/applications (if you chose to create an entry just for you) with the contents below;

cat .local/share/applications/jetbrains-pycharm-ce.desktop
[Desktop Entry]
Name=PyCharm Community Edition
Exec="/home/kifarunix/pycharm-ce/bin/pycharm.sh" %f
Comment=Python IDE for Professional Developers

And that is it!

Uninstall PyCharm from Ubuntu?

If for some reason you need to uninstall PyCharm, then uninstall methods depends on the installation method used.

Uninstall PyCharm snap;

sudo snap remove pycharm-community

Uninstall PyCharm Flatpak;

sudo flatpak uninstall com.jetbrains.PyCharm-Community

Uninstall PyCharm installed via Tarball. Simply remove the source directory and desktop file.

rm -rf ~/pycharm-ce ~/.local/share/applications/jetbrains-pycharm-ce.desktop

That is all it takes to install PyCharm IDE on Ubuntu.

Read more on configuring PyCharm on the getting started guide.


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