I have had my raspberry Pi 3b for a few months so I'm just getting used to it. I would however want to install PyCharm because I want to use my Pi to program on rather than my PC. Any ideas would be great! Thanks!


I'm seeing mixed messages about running PyCharm directly on the Raspberry Pi, but there's an existing thread on StackOverflow that seems to mention you can run it there (see below).

One thing is certain: Jetbrains does provide a way of doing remote development between a PyCharm installation on a Laptop/Desktop and a remote Pi, but that's not what you seem to be asking.

Here's that link, please report back if you are successful or not:


Good Luck!

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  • The only problem is, the profesional edition cost money and I'd like to do it for free! I've got no money to spare! Otherwise, this would probably work. Does it work with the community edition? – Guydangerous99 Dec 9 '17 at 10:38

I have been using Python under Geany and Thonny, but it didn't satisfy my needs. This week I discovered a much more interesting alternative: Spider and Spider 3 Ide.

For python 2.7

sudo apt-get install spider

sudo pip install repository

For python 3.x

sudo apt-get installs spider3

sudo pip3 install repository

You must also have the qt5 platform preinstalled.

Hope this helps.

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  • Hello and welcome. I think you are referring to spyder not spider - note the spelling that will break installation as "not found". – Ghanima Sep 16 '19 at 15:15

Regarding the mixed messages and PyCharm:

There is a healthy alternative, Thonny. I am running this on a headless RPi.

See Thonny on a Raspberry Pi: using the new Python IDE in Raspbian.

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