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Open files from the command line

Open an arbitrary file or folder in PyCharm from the command line, optionally specifying where to put the caret after opening.

You can find the script for running PyCharm in the installation directory under bin. To use this script as the command-line launcher, add it to your system PATH as described in Command-line interface.

Syntax
pycharm.bat [--line <number>] [--column <number>] <path ...>
Examples

Open a project:

pycharm.bat C:\MyProject

Open a specific file on line number 42:

pycharm.bat --line 42 C:\MyProject\scripts\numbers.js

By default, PyCharm does not provide a command-line launcher. For information about creating a launcher script for PyCharm, see Command-line interface.

Syntax
pycharm --line <number> <path>
Examples

Open a project:

pycharm ~/MyProject

Open a specific file on line number 42:

pycharm --line 42 ~/MyProject/scripts/numbers.js

You can find the script for running PyCharm in the installation directory under bin. To use this script as the command-line launcher, add it to your system PATH as described in Command-line interface.

Syntax
pycharm.sh --line <number> <path>
Examples

Open a project:

pycharm.sh ~/MyProject

Open a specific file on line number 42:

pycharm.sh --line 42 ~/MyProject/scripts/numbers.js

When you specify the path to a file, PyCharm opens it in , unless it belongs to a project that is already open or there is special logic to automatically open or create a project (for example, in case of Maven or Gradle files). If you specify a directory with an existing project, PyCharm opens this project. If you open a directory that is not a part of a project, PyCharm adds the .idea directory to it, making it a project.

Last modified: 2 June 2020