There is PyCharm, an IDE for programming Python. It's available in a Community edition for Linux as well. The problem affects (at least) version 2017.3.3.

I installed it as a normal user with

wget https://download.jetbrains.com/python/pycharm-community-2017.3.3.tar.gz
tar -xzf pycharm-community-2017.3.3.tar.gz
mv pycharm-community-2017.3.3 pycharm
rm pycharm-community-2017.3.3.tar.gz
cd pycharm/bin

The remaining installation steps are guided by a wizard:

  • do not import settings
  • accept license
  • Darcula theme
  • create a startup script
  • install Markdown support
  • confirm warning about granted permissions
  • create a new project, create virtual environment
  • wait for installation of setuptools, pip, wheels etc.
  • close startup tips
  • wait until indexing is done
  • wait until skeletons are built
  • wait until packages are scanned

So far, everything is fine.

However, even when all those steps have completed successfully, PyCharm hangs in several situations, e.g.

  • when loading a project (sometimes)
  • when typing code into a .py file (sometimes)
  • when running the project (always)

What is the cause and how can I fix it?

I have installed the Rasbian IMG file from 2017-11-29 and performed sudo apt-get update and sudo apt-get upgrade prior to the PyCharm installation.


The problem is related to the Java version. In my case, the Java version is

$ java -version
java version "1.8.0_65"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_65-b17)
Java HotSpot(TM) Client VM (build 25.65-b01, mixed mode)

The same version is also mentioned in the PyCharm about dialog.

You may not have noticed it, but PyCharm displays a message in the event log.

IDE's Java runtime (1.8u65), which may cause instability. Update to version 1.8.0u144 or higher.

The solution is to be to update to a newer Java version. However,

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

will not install a new version.


sudo apt-get purge oracle*
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get remove oracle*

solved the problem and OpenJDK was installed. You should confirm that with a Java version check:

$ java -version
openjdk version "1.8.0_151
OpenJDK Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_151-8u151-b12-1-deb9u1-b12)
OpenJDK Client VM (build 25.151-b12, mixed mode)

Since then, PyCharm operated totally fine for us.

You could also download and install a Java version manually, but since we are teaching kids, we wanted to have a simple OS-supported solution.

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  • Oracle Java 8 u161 is available from their download page, although if you don't need Oracle for whatever reason you might as well use the Ice-T version. – goldilocks Feb 21 '18 at 14:17
  • it seems this solution didnt work on Windows 10 , pycharm is still slow , but why is this problem ? – Lutaaya Huzaifah Idris Mar 6 '18 at 12:46
  • @LutaayaHuzaifahIdris: you run PyCharm on Windows 10 IoT on Raspberry? – Thomas Weller Mar 6 '18 at 13:07
  • No i dont use Raspberry , just my ycharm doesnt work well its slow on Windows 10 but my PC is 8gb , 500HD and an I core 5 , but its slow and freezes alot – Lutaaya Huzaifah Idris Mar 6 '18 at 13:11
  • @LutaayaHuzaifahIdris: ok, just a side note: this is the wrong forum to ask such a question, because this site is Raspberry specific. I can just say PyCharm Community Edition 2017.1.5 runs fine on my machine on JRE 1.8.0_112. However that's not the latest version of PyCharm. Maybe such a question is on-topic on SO, such as this: stackoverflow.com/questions/10363526/… – Thomas Weller Mar 6 '18 at 13:20

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