How To Install PyCharm In Ubuntu 18.04 and Linux Mint 19

PyCharm is an IDE Integrated Development Environment developed and maintained by JetBrains and community for Python development and has been considered as one of the best Python IDE by the experts. PyCharm comes in two editions professional and community edition. The community edition is free of cost, but professional edition has more features.

Some salient features of PyCharm are as follows :

  • Syntax highlighting
  • Auto-Indentation and code formatting
  • Code completion
  • Line and block commenting
  • On-the-fly error highlighting
  • Code snippets
  • Code folding
  • Easy code navigation and search
  • Code analysis
  • Configurable language injections
  • Python refactoring
  • Documentation

We can find the full list of features here. There are many ways to install PyCharm in Ubuntu 18.04 and Linux Mint 19. Here are the following methods to install them :

Install PyCharm with Snap

PyCharm is available in Ubuntu Software Center
PyCharm is available in Ubuntu Software Center

Good news is that PyCharm is available in the Ubuntu Software Center as a Snap package. Which means that you can search for it in the software center and install it from there.

sudo snap install pycharm-community --classic

Install PyCharm with umake

Ubuntu provides a wonderful command line tool, umake for developers. umake lets you easily install a number of development tools in Ubuntu such as Android Studio, Visual Studio Code, Ubuntu SDK, Eclipse, Arudino Software Distribution etc. PyCharm is also one of the development tools included in the umake.

To install PyCharm using umake, you need to have umake first. Normally, it should already be installed in your system, but if it is not, use the PPA below to get the latest stable version of umake:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-desktop/ubuntu-make
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-make

Once you have umake, use the command below to install PyCharm Community Edition in Ubuntu:

umake ide pycharm

To install PyCharm Professional Edition (you need a license for this), you can use the command below:

umake ide pycharm-professional

To remove PyCharm installed via umake, use the command below:

umake -r ide pycharm

Install PyCharm in Ubuntu and Linux Mint with PPA

We’ll be using an unofficial PPA to easily install PyCharm in Ubuntu. I am using Ubuntu 15.04 but this PPA is also available for Ubuntu 14.04. You can use the same method to install PyCharm in Linux Mint 17, elementary OS Freya and other Ubuntu-based Linux distributions. PyCharm uses Java so make sure to install Java in Ubuntu beforehand.

Open a terminal and use the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mystic-mirage/pycharm
sudo apt-get update

To install the community edition of PyCharm, use the command below. It will download data of around 120 MB.

sudo apt-get install pycharm-community

To install the professional edition of PyCharm, use the command below. It will download data of around 160 MB.

sudo apt-get install pycharm

Once installed, go to Unity Dash and search for PyCharm and you should be able to see it running. This is what it looked like on my Ubuntu 18.04:

How To Install PyCharm In Ubuntu 18.04 and Linux Mint 19 1

Remove PyCharm

If you used Snap command, you can uninstall it either from the Software Center or by using the command below:

sudo snap remove pycharm-community

To uninstall PyCharm installed by the above-described method, use the command below to uninstall the community edition of PyCharm:

sudo apt-get remove pycharm-community

To remove the professional version, use the command below:

sudo apt-get remove pycharm

Afterward, use the command below to remove the PPA from the sources list:

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:mystic-mirage/pycharm


If everything went correctly as described above, you must have your PyCharm running. In these three methods, you can follow whichever method you want.

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