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Congratulations, you’ve downloaded PyCharm Edu! Follow this step-by-step guide to install it.

This is easy: just follow the steps suggested by the installation wizard. Note that some steps are different depending on your operating system.


  1. Double-click file to launch the installer. You computer verifies it, and then opens the first page of the installation wizard:

    Click Next

  2. On the second page of the wizard, you have to specify whether you wish a previous installation to be uninstalled, and, moreover, silently:

    Click Next

  3. On the Choose Install Location screen, specify the destination directory where the product will be installed. The installation wizard suggests a default location. To choose a custom location, click Browse and select the desired location in your file system. When ready, click Next.
  4. On the Installation Options screen, specify the following options:
    • Create Desktop shortcut: if you select this check box, the shortcut to PyCharm Edu will appear on your Desktop. Thus you will be able to launch PyCharm Edu from your Desktop, by double-clicking this shortcut icon. If you leave this check-box unselected (this is what the installer suggests), then the shortcut on the Desktop will not be created, and you will have to launch the application from the Start menu or from your file system only.
    • If you are working on Windows XP, you can opt to select the check-box Create Quick Launch shortcut.
    • Choose Python version: in this section, you have to specify which Python version will be installed for PyCharm Edu. The installer suggests you to choose between Python 2.7 and Python 3.5 (which is pre-installed). If you are not sure which version suits you better, refer to the comparison of versions.
  5. On this page of the installation wizard, you have to specify in which folder of the Start menu the application shortcuts will appear. If you do not enter the folder name, then your Start menu will contain the folder JetBrains.

    Click Install.

    See how the installation works:

  6. When the installation is ready, you see the last page of the wizard:

    Select the checkbox Run PyCharm Edu (if you want to launch the product immediately), and click Finish.

Mac OS

The installer includes JRE, but does not include Python. Instead, the installer makes use of the system Python interpreter, which is always present on Mac systems.

  1. Double-click the downloaded to open it.
  2. In the window that opens, drag-and-drop the PyCharm Edu icon onto the Applications:
  3. Open Applications, and locate PyCharm Edu:
  4. Double-click PyCharm Edu to launch it.


Linux installation is the most tricky one. There is no single Linux distribution in the world, so that's why we distribute PyCharm Edu in a binary archive instead of specific packages for a particular distribution. It means that on Linux, PyCharm Edu doesn't need any special package or an installation script. To launch PyCharm Edu, you have to unpack its archive.

Please note that the installation archive includes neither Python, nor JRE. So you need to ensure that there are proper JRE and Python installed. For Python it's always not a problem since every Linux distribution comes with Python already installed.

The problem may occur only with JRE. Please make sure you have Oracle JRE 1.6+ or OpenJDK 1.7+. To do that, check $java -version in your system terminal.

The problem may occur only with JRE. Please make sure you have Oracle JRE 1.6+ or OpenJDK 1.7+. To do that, check $java -version in your system terminal.

If not, follow the instructions in order to install OpenJDK:

or Oracle JRE:

The downloaded PyCharm Edu archive name looks like:

  1. Copy the to the desired installation location, preferably new empty directory. Make sure you have read-write permissions for that directory.
  2. Unpack using the following command:
    tar -xzf pycharm-edu-*.tar.gz
  3. Remove to save disk space (optional)
  4. Run from the bin subdirectory

That's it!

Note: You may want to create a Desktop entry for the new PyCharm Edu installation. Follow the instructions on how to create a launcher on your windows management system and point this launcher to

First launch

PyCharm Edu starts and shows the Welcome screen:

We'll explore in details how to create and run your first Python educational project in the next guide, Getting Started for Students.