How to Install Python 2 with PyCharm (Windows ONLY)

Installing Python 2 is a simple process as compared to the dark ages of Python, the installer will now even set the path variable for you (a whole different topic to discuss). Please click link to download the executable windows Python installer Download and run the installer, select “Install for all users,” and then click “Next.”


On the directory selection screen, leave the directory as “Python27” and click “Next.”


On the customization screen, scroll down, click “Add python.exe to Path,” and then select “Will be installed on local hard drive.” When you’re done, click “Next.”


You don’t have to make any more decisions after this point. Just click through the wizard to complete the installation. When the installation is finished, you can confirm the installation by opening up Command Prompt and typing the following command:

python -V

Success! If all you need is Python 2.7 for some project or another, you can stop right here. It’s installed, the path variable is set, and you’re off to to installing an IDE like PyCharm for development work.

Requirements,Installation and Launching

PyCharm editions

There are two PyCharm editions: Community and Professional.

The Community Edition is free and open source but has less features. The Professional Edition is commercial but provides an outstanding set of tools and features. (You can evaluate PyCharm Professional for free for 30 days.)

For more information, see feature-by-featureEditions comparison matrix.

Downloading PyCharm

You can download the latest version of PyCharm from the JetBrains website.

Previous versions are available on the Previous PyCharm Releases Previous PyCharm Releases page.


The requirements for PyCharm are as follows:

Hardware requirements

  • 1 GB RAM minimum, 2 GB RAM recommended
  • 1024×768 minimum screen resolution

System requirements

JRE 1.8 is bundled with distributions for all platforms. You don’t need any Java to be installed on your machine in order to run PyCharm.


  • Microsoft Windows 10/8/7/Vista/2003/XP (incl.64-bit)
  • Python 2.4 or higher, Jython, PyPy or IronPython.

Installing PyCharm

The installation process depends on your operating system:

Installing PyCharm on Windows

Run the .exe file that you’ve downloaded, and follow the instructions of PyCharm Setup wizard.

Launching PyCharm

Since 2016.1 PyCharm uses Java 1.8. If you wish to change JDK PyCharm is running on, use the action Switch boot JDK. To invoke this action, use Searching Everywhere or Find Action.

Starting PyCharm on Windows

If during the installation you selected to create a shortcut on your desktop, double-click that shortcut.

Otherwise, go to the <PyCharm>\bin folder (e.g. C:\Program Files (x86)\JetBrains\PyCharm 2017.1\bin) and run pycharm.exepycharm64.exe, or pycharm.bat.

Below is a development in action! Happy Coding!


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