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Configure an interpreter using SSH

Configuring remote Python interpreters via SSH

  1. Ensure that there is an SSH server running on a remote host, since PyCharm runs remote interpreters via ssh-sessions.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Click the Python Interpreter selector and choose Add New Interpreter.

    • Press Ctrl+Alt+S to open Settings and go to Project: <project name> | Python Interpreter. Click the Add Interpreter link next to the list of the available interpreters.

    • Click the Python Interpreter selector and choose Interpreter Settings. Click the Add Interpreter link next to the list of the available interpreters.

  3. Select On SSH.

  4. Select an option to create a new SSH connection, then specify server information (host, port, and username).

    adding an interpreter via SSH

    Alternatively, you can select Existing and choose any available SSH configuration from the list. To create a new SSH configuration, follow the steps below:

    Creating an SSH configuration
    • Click Browse button next to the list of configurations:

      Add new SSH configuration
    • Clicknew configuration, disable the Visible only for this project checkbox, and fill in the required fields:

      Adding new SSH configuration
    • Once done, the newly created SSH configuration will appear in the list of available configurations. It will also become available in the SSH Deployment Configurations settings. Click Next to proceed:

      Connecting to SSH server
  5. In the next dialog window, provide the authentication details to connect to the target server.

    specifying authentication details

    Select Password or Key pair (OpenSSH or PuTTY) and enter your password or passphrase. If Key pair (OpenSSH or PuTTY) is selected, specify:

    • Private key: location of the file with a private key

    • Passphrase: similar to a password, it serves to encrypt the private key.

    Click Next to proceed.

  6. Wait until PyCharm completes the introspection of the SSH server.

    SSH server introspection
  7. In the next dialog, select a type of Python environment to configure on the SSH server.

    Selecting a Python environment

    You can create a new virtual environment, select an existing one, or use a system interpreter.

    • Select the Inherit global site-packages checkbox if you want all packages installed in the global Python on your machine to be added to the virtual environment you're going to create. This checkbox corresponds to the --system-site-packages option of the virtualenv tool.

    • You can configure the path mappings between your local project and the server. To do that, click the Browse icon in the Sync folders field and enter the path to the local project folder and the path to the folder on the remote server.

    Click Create to complete adding the interpreter.

Synchronizing project files when switching SSH interpreters

When you change an SSH interpreter, you might need to synchronize the local content with the target server. Mind a notification balloon in the lower-right corner:

Sync local files with the deployment server

You can choose to perform one of the following actions:

  • Auto-upload files to the server

  • Synchronize files and then enable auto-uploading

Last modified: 21 April 2023