PyCharm 4.0.0 Web Help

In this section:

To open an existing project

This operation refers both to the projects created in PyCharm, and the projects from existing sources.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • On the Welcome screen, click Open.
    • On the main menu, choose File | Open.
  2. In the Select Path dialog box, select the directory that contains the desired project.
  3. Specify whether you want to open the project in a new frame, close the current project and reuse the existing frame, or open the new project in the same frame with the current one. Refer to the section Opening Multiple Projects for details.


Alternatively, you can drag the desired project from your file chooser right to the Open Project dialog without locating it there. The respective file in the dialog will be found automatically.


If a directory with the project created outside of PyCharm, contains a virtual environment, PyCharm will this virtual environment and make it the project interpreter.

To reopen a recent project

PyCharm keeps the history list of the recent projects, from which you can select the desired one.

When PyCharm starts, the most recent project reopens by default (unless this option is disabled in General page of the IDE settings).

  1. On the main menu, choose File | Reopen Project
  2. Select the desired project from the list of the recent ones.

    Note that the list also contains the projects that share one frame:


  3. Specify whether you want to open the project in a new frame, or reuse the current frame.
  4. You can also:
    • 2.0+ Reopen a recent project from the Welcome screen. To do that, just click the desired link under Recent Projects or press Alt+number . Start typing in the Welcome screen to filter the list of recent projects.
    • Terminate the project opening process, without waiting when it finishes loading, by clicking Cancel in the progress window.
    • Open projects and individual files from thecommand line, by specifying the project or file name as a command line argument.
To close a project

When the only open project is closed, the Welcome screen is displayed. In case of multiple projects, each one is closed with its frame.

  • On the main menu, choose File | Close Project.

See Also


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