How to install PyCharm on Ubuntu 20.04 Linux Desktop

The purpose of this tutorial is to install PyCharm on Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa Linux.

PyCharm is a graphical IDE (integrated development environment) that can be installed on Ubuntu Desktop. Many Python programmers enjoy using PyCharm because it can be used to analyze code, debug programs, and is integrated with Git and other version control systems, as well as web development applications.

Follow along with the steps below if you’d like to try PyCharm on Ubuntu for your Python programming needs.

In this tutorial you will learn:

PyCharm 3D creation suite on Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa

PyCharm on Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa

Software Requirements and Conventions Used

Software Requirements and Linux Command Line Conventions
Category Requirements, Conventions or Software Version Used
System Installed Ubuntu 20.04 or upgraded Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa
Software PyCharm
Other Privileged access to your Linux system as root or via the sudo command.
Conventions # – requires given linux commands to be executed with root privileges either directly as a root user or by use of sudo command
$ – requires given linux commands to be executed as a regular non-privileged user

Install PyCharm on Ubuntu 20.04 step by step instructions

Install PyCharm Ubuntu from command line

  1. Start by opening a terminal window and execution of the bellow apt command. Select your preferred version to install:
    $ sudo snap install pycharm-community --classic
    OR
    $ sudo snap install pycharm-professional --classic
    OR
    $ sudo snap install pycharm-educational --classic
    

    All done.

  2. You can start the PyCharm using the below command:
    $ pycharm-community
    OR
    $ pycharm-professional
    OR
    $ pycharm-educational
    


Install PyCharm using graphical user interface

  1. Use top left Activities menu to open the Software application.

    Open software application
    Open software application
  2. Search for pycharm application. Select your preferred PyCharm version to install.

    Search for pycharm
    Search for pycharm
  3. To install PyCharm Ubuntu, press the Install button.
    installation PyCharm
    installation PyCharm


  4. Enter your username and password. Your user needs to belong to sudo administrative group.

    Enter your username and password
    Enter your username and password
  5. Start the PyCharm application. Follow the wizard to perform the initial settings.

    Start the PyCharm application
    Start the PyCharm application
  6. At this point you should be ready to start a new project or import your existing project.

    start a new project or import your existing project
    start a new project or import your existing project

Troubleshooting

In case you receive the following error message during the PyCharm loading:

ModuleNotFoundError: No module named 'distutils.core'

you may fix this issue by installation of the python3-distutils package using the following command:

$ sudo apt-get install python3-distutils

Closing Thoughts

In this tutorial, we saw how to install PyCharm on Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa Linux. Using the Snap package manager to install the PyCharm IDE means that the program will stay up to date automatically. Hopefully you find this free software to be a suitable environment for your Python coding.