PyCharm 2021.2 Help

Directories used by the IDE

By default, PyCharm stores user-specific files for each IDE instance (configuration, caches, plugins, logs, and so on) in the user's home directory. However, you can change the location for storing those files, if necessary.

Change the location of IDE directories

You can move the default IDE directories, for example, if the user profile drive runs out of space or it is located on a slow disk, if the home directory is encrypted (slowing down the IDE) or is located on a network drive, if you want to create a portable installation or exclude caches from home directory backups, and so on.

  1. From the main menu, select Help | Edit Custom Properties.

  2. Set the property that corresponds to the necessary directory:

    PropertyPath to
    idea.config.pathConfiguration directory
    idea.system.pathSystem directory
    idea.plugins.pathPlugins directory
    idea.log.pathLogs directory

    Specify paths with forward slashes /, including Windows paths (for example, C:/idea/system).

    You can insert any other properties as variables. For example, use ${user.home} (standard Java system property) to specify paths relative to the user's home directory:

    idea.config.path=${user.home}/MyIdeaConfiguration
  3. After you restart PyCharm, it will use the new location of the corresponding directory.

Clean up old IDE directories

Every time you install a new major version of PyCharm, it uses a new set of IDE directories and automatically deletes the caches and logs directories for older versions of the IDE that have not been updated in the last 180 days. The configuration and plugins directories will remain forever, unless you remove them manually.

  1. From the main menu, select Help | Delete Leftover IDE Directories

  2. In the Delete Leftover IDE Storage Directories dialog, select the versions of the IDE that you are not planning to use and click Delete.

Configuration directory

The PyCharm configuration directory contains user-defined IDE settings, such as keymaps, color schemes, custom VM options, platform properties, and so on.

Syntax
%APPDATA%\JetBrains\<product><version>
Example
C:\Users\JohnS\AppData\Roaming\JetBrains\PyCharm2021.2
Syntax
~/Library/Application Support/JetBrains/<product><version>
Example
~/Library/Application Support/JetBrains/PyCharm2021.2
Syntax
~/.config/JetBrains/<product><version>
Example
~/.config/JetBrains/PyCharm2021.2

You can change the location of the PyCharm configuration directory using the idea.config.path property.

To share your personal IDE settings, copy the files from the configuration directory to the corresponding folders on another PyCharm installation. Make sure that PyCharm is not running to avoid erasing the copied files when you shut down the IDE.

System directory

The PyCharm system directory contains caches and local history files.

Syntax
%LOCALAPPDATA%\JetBrains\<product><version>
Example
C:\Users\JohnS\AppData\Local\JetBrains\PyCharm2021.2
Syntax
~/Library/Caches/JetBrains/<product><version>
Example
~/Library/Caches/JetBrains/PyCharm2021.2
Syntax
~/.cache/JetBrains/<product><version>
Example
~/.cache/JetBrains/PyCharm2021.2

You can change the location of the PyCharm system directory using the idea.system.path property.

Plugins directory

The PyCharm plugins directory contains user-installed plugins.

Syntax
%APPDATA%\JetBrains\<product><version>\plugins
Example
C:\Users\JohnS\AppData\Roaming\JetBrains\PyCharm2021.2\plugins
Syntax
~/Library/Application Support/JetBrains/<product><version>/plugins
Example
~/Library/Application Support/JetBrains/PyCharm2021.2/plugins
Syntax
~/.local/share/JetBrains/<product><version>
Example
~/.local/share/JetBrains/PyCharm2021.2

You can change the location of the PyCharm plugins directory using the idea.plugins.path property.

Logs directory

The PyCharm logs directory contains product logs and thread dumps.

Syntax
%LOCALAPPDATA%\JetBrains\<product><version>\log
Example
C:\Users\JohnS\AppData\Local\JetBrains\PyCharm2021.2\log
Syntax
~/Library/Logs/JetBrains/<product><version>
Example
~/Library/Logs/JetBrains/PyCharm2021.2
Syntax
~/.cache/JetBrains/<product><version>/log
Example
~/.cache/JetBrains/PyCharm2021.2/log

You can change the location of the PyCharm logs directory using the idea.log.path property.

Last modified: 09 September 2021