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Configure a Poetry environment

Poetry is a tool that facilitates creating a Python virtual environment based on the project dependencies. You can declare the libraries your project depends on, and Poetry will install and update them for you.

Project dependencies are recorded in the pyproject.toml file that specifies required packages, scripts, plugins, and URLs. See the pyproject reference for more information about its structure and format.

To use Poetry in PyCharm, you need to install it on your machine and create a specific Python environment.

Install Poetry

  1. Open a terminal window (PowerShell on Windows) and execute the following command that is specific to your operating system:

    curl -sSL | python -

    (Invoke-WebRequest -Uri -UseBasicParsing).Content | python -

    curl -sSL | python -

  2. Verify installation in the Poetry bin directory:

    Path: $HOME/.poetry/bin

    Example: /Users/jetbrains/.poetry/bin/poetry

    Path: %USERPROFILE%\.poetry\bin

    Example: C:\Users\jetbrains\.poetry\bin\poetry.bat

    Path: $HOME/.poetry/bin

    Example: /home/jetbrains/.poetry/bin/poetry

Refer to the Poetry Installation Instructions for more details.

These directories are automatically added to the $PATH variable, so that PyCharm can pick it when creating a Poetry virtual environment.

Create a Poetry environment

  1. Do one of the following:

    • Click the Python Interpreter selector and choose Add Interpreter.

    • Press Ctrl+Alt+S to open the project Settings/Preferences and go to Project <project name> | Python Interpreter. Then click the The Configure project interpreter icon and select Add.

      Selecting the Add command to create a new Python interpreter
  2. Press Ctrl+Alt+S and go to Project <workspace> | Python Interpreter. Click Interpreter settings and select Add.

    Add a new environment
  3. In the left-hand pane of the Add Python Interpreter dialog, select Poetry Environment. The following actions depend on whether the virtual environment existed before.

    creating a poetry environment

    If Poetry environment is selected:

    1. Select the base Python interpreter from the list, or click Virtual environment location and find its location in your file system.

    2. If PyCharm has not discoreved the Poetry path, click Show Poetry path near Poetry executable and navigate to its location. Then click OK in the explorer window to add it to the field.

    If Existing environment is selected:

    1. Expand the Interpreter list and select any of the existing Poetry environments. Alternatively, click Select an interpreter and specify a path to it.

  4. Click OK to complete the task.

If you select a Poetry environment when creating a new Python project, PyCharm adds two files to your project:

  • pyproject.toml: specifies the project requirements

  • poetry.lock: records changes in the projects requirements

Each time you modify the pyproject.toml file, PyCharm notifies you and offers two actions: to record the changes in the poetry.lock file or to record the changes and install the unsatisfied requirements.

Lock or update poetry
Last modified: 12 April 2022