PyCharm 2020.1 Help

Run PyCharm for the first time

When you run PyCharm for the first time, some steps are required to complete the installation, customize your instance, and start working with the IDE.

How to run

You can use the Toolbox App to run any JetBrains product. In case of a standalone installation, running PyCharm depends on the operating system:

  • Find PyCharm in the Start menu or use the desktop shortcut, if it was created during installation. You can also run pycharm.bat in the installation directory under bin.

  • Run the PyCharm app in the Applications directory, from Launchpad, or from Spotlight.

  • Run the pycharm.sh shell script in the installation directory under bin. You can also use the desktop shortcut, if it was created during installation.

For information about running PyCharm from the command line, see Command-line interface.

Select the user interface theme

Select whether you want to use the default Darcula or Light theme.

Download and install additional plugins

If necessary, download and install additional plugins that are not bundled with the IDE from the PyCharm plugins repository.

Start a project in PyCharm

On the Welcome screen, you can do the following:

Welcome screen

Once you open PyCharm and create a project, you are ready to Create and run your first Python application.

Last modified: 25 May 2020