Easy guide - Install PyCharm on Windows 10

If you are a developer and looking for an amazing Python IDE. This guide will give you step by step process to install PyCharm on Windows 10 easily and quickly. You will also learn about, Pycharm updates, Importing packages like NumPy and run your first Python code. Lastly, we learn how to uninstall Pycharm.

All the steps mentioned in this guide also applies, in case you want to perform

  1. Installation of PyCharm professional edition
  2. Installation of PyCharm Edu edition

PyCharm Overview

PyCharm is a cross-platform IDE available for Windows, Linux and macOS. It comes with amazing features like -

  • Built-in intelligent code assistance
  • Developer and scientific tools are built-in
  • Python debugger
  • Python web development frameworks support

It is pretty famous for Python development and comes in three different editions.

  • PyCharm professional edition - A complete commercial stack with useful tools and features. it's paid and 30 days trial version is available.
  • PyCharm community edition - It's free and open-source, Comes with limited features but enough to develop Python applications.
  • PyCharm Edu edition - Free version for students, which provides courses and helps you to learn Python.


You can check out this comparison matrix for further reference.

System requirements to install PyCharm

Following are the system requirements to install Pycharm in Windows 10

  1. Windows 10 64-bit version
  2. Minimum of 2GB memory (RAM). Although 8GB is recommended.
  3. At least 2.5GB of space. SSD is recommended for better performance. Requirement of space increases depending upon the modules or plugins need to install.
  4. Python 2.7, 3.5 or newer version. You can install Python on Windows easily, in case you don't have installed it already.
  5. Internet connection

Download PyCharm

To download the Pycharm community edition for Windows 10, follow these simple steps. Alternatively, just click on the Download button to get it without effort.

Step 0.1 - Visit jetbrains.com and download the Pycharm community edition

In this guide, I will talk about the Pycharm community edition only. But in case you want to try features and stack of Pycharm Professional. You can download it and can try it for the next 30 days free




How to install PyCharm on Windows 10

How to install Pycharm on Windows manually

Step 1 - Run "Pycharm community" exe


  • Visit to your download folder and run "pycharm-community-2021.1.3" exe file.
  • Click "Next" on Welcome page.

Step 2 - Choose "Installation location" for PyCharm

On this screen, You need to choose the install location for PyCharm. Setup will install PyCharm by default in "C:\Program file \JetBrains\PyCharm Community Edition 2021.1.3".

Click Browse > Select your preferred drive and folder > click Next if you want to change the default location.

Pycharm will take around 931MB of space during installation as shown in the image.

These are the options available on the Installation screen of Pycharm installation -

  • Create desktop shortcut - If you will select this option, it will create a Desktop shortcut for PyCharm launcher
  • Update context menu - If you want to see option of "Open folder as Project" in PyCharm's Menu. Select this checkbox.
  • Create Associations - Selecting this option will allow PyCharm to open any file as python ".py" file. Even if it doesn't have any extension.
  • Update PATH variable - It will add PyCharm PATH variable. But you need to restart your system after selecting this option.

I will select all these options and click Next.

Step 4 - Choose Start menu folder and Install

Select Start menu shortcuts of Pycharm and click Install.

Step 5 - Finish and Reboot your system

Installation of Pycharm will take 3-4 minutes. Once setup completes, click Finish and reboot your system.

Although you have options to reboot immediately or later as per your preference.


Congrats! Now you know two methods to install PyCharm on Windows 10.