IntelliJ IDEA 2018.1 Help

Creating Virtual Environment

IntelliJ IDEA makes it possible create virtual environment using the virtualenv tool. So doing, IntelliJ IDEA tightly integrates with virtualenv, and enables configuring virtual environments right in the IDE.

virtualenv tool comes bundled with IntelliJ IDEA, so the user doesn't need to install it.

To create a virtual environment

  1. Open the Project Structure dialog (e.g. Ctrl+Shift+Alt+S).
  2. In the Project Structure dialog box, click SDKs node under the Platform Settings.
  3. Choose the target Python version and click add, then choose Python SDK from the Add New SDK popup menu.
  4. Choose Add Local from the drop-down menu. The Add Local Python Interpreter dialog window opens.
  5. In the left-hand pane of the Add Python Interpreter dialog, click the Virtual Environment node. The following actions depend on whether the virtual environment existed before.

    If New virtual environment is selected:

    1. Specify the location of the new virtual environment in the text field, or click browseButton and find location in your file system. Note that the directory where the new virtual environment should be located, must be empty!
    2. Choose the base interpreter from the drop-down list, or click browseButton and find the base interpreter in the your file system.
    3. Select the Inherit global site-packages check-box if you want to inherit your global site-packages directory. This check-box corresponds to the --system-site-packages option of the virtualenv tool.
    4. Select the Make available to all projects check-box, if needed.

    If the existing virtual environment is selected:

    1. Specify the required interpreter Use the drop-down list, or click browseButton and find one in your file system.
    2. Select the check-box Make available to all projects, if needed.
Last modified: 24 July 2018

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