Setting up PyCharm with VirtualEnvs

I have spent enough amount of time on this setup and thought this would be helpful to many?. Here’s how you can setup your PyCharm to work in a charming manner with Virtualenvs. This will be a short post until I get some more time to explain the brief.

How do I make PyCharm work with VirtualEnv setup?

Couple of things you should change for the PyCharm to work with the Virtualenvs:


Prepare a virtualenvs folder

I’ll add this content later. Basically, set up your virtualenvs into a directory of your choosing and do it properly.

Prepare a bashrc file – for generic use of virtualEnv

nano or vi a file named “.bashrc” in the user home directory: ~/ with the following content:

export WORKON_HOME=~/.virtualenvs

export VIRTUALENVWRAPPER_PYTHON=/usr/local/bin/python3

export PATH="/usr/local/sbin:$PATH"

#Java Compat for Apache Spark
#export JAVA_HOME=$(/usr/libexec/java_home)
#One more line for Apache Spark, default python to be used.
#export PYSPARK_PYTHON=python3
#Anotherline for Apache Spark, default python to be used.
#For the Apache Spark
#export SPARK_HOME="/usr/local/Cellar/apache-spark/1.6.2/libexec/"

source /usr/local/bin/

Note: here “~/.virtualenvs” is where my virtualenvs are located and “pyenv” is my default virtualenv and that is the one I’m going to be using below.

Create pycharmrc file – for PyCharm’s charm

nano or vi a file named “.pycharmrc” in the user home directory ~/ with the following content:

source ~/.bashrc

workon pyenv

This file basically replicates what you should do manually if you want the above virtualenv to be triggered in a normal shell/terminal window.

Change preferences settings for PyCharm

There are two major things to be changed over here:

Change the default terminal initialization to use our rc file

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Add virtualenv into PyCharm interpreters

Add our virtualenv into the interpreter list for your PyCharm to understand that we’re using a virtualenv:

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As an additional note, ensure that you’ve the following setting set up as well:

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I hope this was brief and useful!

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