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Configure a system interpreter

To configure a system Python interpreter, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Add Python Interpreter dialog by either way:

    • When you're in the Editor, the most convenient way is to use the Python Interpreter widget in the Status bar. Click the widget and select Add Interpreter ...

    • If you are in the Settings/Preferences dialog (Ctrl+Alt+S), select Project <project name> | Project Interpreter. Click the The Configure project interpreter icon and select Add.

  2. In the left-hand pane of the Add Python Interpreter dialog, select System Interpreter.

    Adding a system interpreter

  3. In the Interpreter field, type the fully-qualified path to the required interpreter executable, or click Browse icon and in the Select Python Interpreter dialog that opens, choose the desired Python executable and click OK. Note that you will need admin privileges to install, remove, and upgrade packages for the system interpreter. When attempting to install an interpreter package through an intention action, you might receive the following error message:

    System Interpreter warning message
    As prompted, consider using a virtual environment for your project.

  4. Click OK to complete the task.

For any of the configured Python interpreters, you can:

Last modified: 17 July 2019