Sunday, 14 December 2014

Install Pycharm 4 Professional on Ubuntu

Recently I've set up two Linux based development machines. Since my main programming language is Python I wanted to install the PyCharm Professional IDE from JetBrains. However this appeared to be more difficult than expected since the install instructions are in a descriptive writing style. Here is a more to the point alternative which should help to get everything up and running in a few minutes.

To install PyCharm 4 on Ubuntu you first need to install Java. I personally prefer to stick to the Oracle version instead of the openjdk version.

sudo apt-get -y purge openjdk*
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get -y install oracle-java8-installer
sudo apt-get install oracle-java8-set-default

Now it's time to install PyCharm. Currently 4.0.2 is the most recent version. You can update the script to download a newer PyCharm version if available. The most recent version of PyCharm can be found on this page.

cd /tmp
curl -s -L | tar -xz
sudo mv pycharm-4.0.2 /opt/pycharm

After launching PyCharm and registering your license key you need to go to Tools → Create Desktop Entry to add a icon to the Unity Launcher.

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