How to Download & Install PyCharm on Windows

In this tutorial, we are going to see a step by step guide on how to download and install PyCharm IDE on Windows for Python.

PyCharm is a full-fledged IDE (Integrated Development Environment), used by many developers around the world for writing Python code.

It is a cross-platform editor developed by JetBrains company. PyCharm IDE provides many features, such as rich code analysis and completion, syntax highlighting, unit testing, code coverage and error finding.

It provides all the significant tools we need for productive Python development.

Also, the professional edition of PyCharm supports Python web frameworks, such as Django, web2py, and Flask. It provides amazing integration with Docker for running the code over them.

Download and Install PyCharm IDE


Follow all the steps below to download and install Pycharm IDE on Windows.

Step 1) Visit the PyCharm download page (https://www.jetbrains.com/pycharm/download/) and choose your platform for Windows, MacOS, and Linux.

Click the “DOWNLOAD” link either the Community Edition (free forever) or the Professional Edition (the Community version is completely good for running the codes in this tutorial).

Download PyCharm IDE on Windows


Step 2) Once the download is complete, install the PyCharm software as usual on your computer system. Click “Next” to start the setup wizard.

Install PyCharm IDE on Windows


Step 3) Choose the install location (folder) in which you want to install PyCharm IDE. Setup will install PyCharm community edition in the below folder.

To install in a different folder, click Browse and choose another folder. That is, change the installation path if required. Click “Next” to continue.

Choose install location for PyCharm


Step 4) On the next screen, choose 32- or 64-bit launcher (depending on your operating system). This will create a desktop shortcut if you want and click on “Next” to continue.

PyCharm installation process


Step 5) Choose the start menu folder for PyCharm shortcuts. Keep selected JetBrains and click on “Install” to continue the installation process.

Choose start menu for PyCharm shortcuts


Step 6) Wait for the installation process to finish. Once the installation process is completed, you should receive a message on the screen that your computer must be started in order to complete the installation of PyCharm Community Edition. Click on the reboot now.

Reboot now for complete installation of PyCharm


Step 7) After the rebooting your computer, click on the PyCharm shortcut icon on the desktop. On clicking, JetBrains community edition terms message will come on the screen. Click on the check box and on “continue” as shown in the below screenshot.

Click on check box to accept terms and conditions


Step 8) After you click on “continue” the following welcome message will come on the screen as shown in the below screenshot.

Welcome message on the screen

Hurray! you have successfully installed PyCharm Community Edition on your Windows. Now, it’s time to create your first Python Program to display “Hello World” on the screen. So, let’s understand step by step how to write my first Python program in PyCharm editor.

Creating Your First Python Program : Hello World


In this section, we will learn step by step how to write our first Python program in PyCharm editor. Hope that you will have successfully completed your Python installation and setup.

Step 1) Open PyCharm editor. You will see the welcome screen for PyCharm. To create a new project to start from scratch, click on “New Project”, as shown below.

Creating new project


Step 2) Now you will need to choose a location where you want the project to be created. In my case, we have selected C:\ location and given a meaningful name “Python Project”, as shown in the below screenshot.

First Python program in PyCharm

If you do not want to change location, then keep it as it is but at least name a meaningful project name like “Python Project” or “FirstProject”. After naming your project, click on “create” to continue.


Step 3) Now go to the “Python Project” and right click on it. Go to the “New” and then select the “Python File”, as shown in the below screenshot.

Right click on Python project


Step 4) A new pop up will appear on the screen. Now type the meaningful name of the file you want (Here we named “HelloWorld”) and press Enter key.

A pop up box will appear


Step 5) A file with named “HelloWorld” with .py extension will make on the left side below on the Python project folder. Now write your first simple Python program in the PyCharm editor. You write the following code to print “Hello World” on the Python console.

print("Hello World")

Step 6) Now go to “Run” menu or press Shift + F10 to run your first Python program. You can see the output of your first python program at the bottom of the computer screen.

Output:
     Hello World

Congratulations, you have successfully created your first python program in PyCharm editor and run it. Now run the following code and see the result on the screen.

print("Hello World")
person = input("What is your name?")
print("Hello,", person)
Output:
      Hello World
      What is your name? Deepak
      Hello, Deepak

In this tutorial, we have covered step by step how to download and install PyCharm editor on Windows. Hope that you will have successfully installed PyCharm and written your first python program in the editor.
Thanks for reading!!!
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