IDE stands for Integrated Development Environment which is a software that combines developer tools required to write and test applications. These tools include text editors, compiler libraries, and debuggers.

When we talk about Pycharm being an IDE, it means that it has the tools required to build and test an application on one platform. It is mainly used by professionals who build applications using the Python programming language.

Its features include;

  • Intelligent Coding Assistance which helps in code navigation and safe refactoring by safe rename and delete.
  • Built-in Developer tools that include an integrated debugger and test runner, Python profiler, built-in terminal and database tools.
  • Compatible with various web development frameworks and specific template languages.
  • Offers live editing feature where you can edit a page and changes are seen instantly on the browser.
  • Pycharm Integrates scientific tools like IPython Notebook and scientific libraries like Matplotlib and Numpy.
  •  It is cross platform where you can use Python Professional in Windows, MacOs and Linux with one License Key.
  • It also has a customizable UI with different color schemes and vim emulation.

PyCharm has three editions;

  • PyCharm Professional Edition that has all features included but the catch is, it is not free but offers a free 30-day trial option.
  • PyCharm Community Edition that has basic features like Intelligent Python Editor, Graphical Debugger, and Test Runner.
  • PyCharm Edu Edition which is free and provides courses to help you learn Python programming.

We are going to install the community edition.

System requirements

  • Disk space atleast 5GB.
  • Atleast 4GB of RAM.
  • Resolution of 1024×768.
  • 64bit Operating System.

In this guide, I will show you how to ;

  • Install PyCharm on Kubuntu | KDE Neon.
  • Basic configurations.
  • Create a sample program using Python in PyCharm.

Install Pycharm on Kubuntu | KDE Neon

Download the PyCharm tarball file from the Downloads page.

Save the file and it will download to the Downloads folder.

Open the Konsole and navigate to the Downloads directory and extract the file on the /opt/ directory.

cd Downloads
sudo tar xzf pycharm-*.tar.gz -C /opt/

It will extract instantly. To confirm a successful extraction, change the directory to cd /opt/ then use ls to list the contents

Switch to the bin directory

cd /opt/pycharm-*/bin

Then run


Once you run the script. The PyCharm installation wizard will open.

Go through the terms and accept the License Agreement then click Continue

The next option is the Data Sharing, Select to send or not to.

Next, PyCharm will start Launching.

Then it will open. You can go through the tour to familiarize yourself with the IDE.

It has an option for customizing the theme. I changed to high-contrast as shown below

Then you can install plugins that are inbuilt in the IDE.

Create a Project using Pycharm on KDE Neon / Kubuntu

I will use the application that comes with the project. First, navigate to the file option and select Create Project.

Name your project as you wish.

Then it will open the project.

You might receive the warning that there is no interpreter but you can use one for python3.8. Select that.

It will then show you it has been configured.

I will edit the and run it. You run using the Green Play Button.


You have learned how to install PyCharm on Kubuntu|KDE Neon systems. Pycharm uses python programming language which is easy to learn. The IDE itself is easy to go about especially once you go through the onboarding tour if it is your first time using it. Then how cool is it that the IDE has a learning tab where you can go through documents to learn more on how to use PyCharm and what it can do?


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