How to install PyCharm on a Chromebook

Today we are looking at how to install PyCharm, community edition, on a Chromebook.  Please follow the video/audio guide as a tutorial where we explain the process step by step and use the commands below.

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Please take note that with the release of Chrome OS 90,  the location of Linux Apps has been changed in the Chromebook’s settings.  Have a look at this tutorial, to see how to turn on Linux apps and then continue with the installation tutorial.

Commands Used:
1) sudo apt update
2) sudo apt install python3 python3-pip build-essential libssl-dev libffi-dev python3-dev default-jdk
3) tar -xf pycharm-community-2021.1.2.tar.gz
4) cd pycharm-community-2021.1.2/bin
5) ./
6) sudo apt install menulibre
7) menulibre

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  2. tar -xf pycharm-community-2021.1.2.tar.gz
    tar: pycharm-community-2021.1.2.tar.gz: Cannot open: No such file or directory
    tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now

  3. You will need to modify the path of the tar-ball to match what you downloaded. E.g the command I had to run was

    tar -xf pycharm-community-2021.2.tar.gz pycharm-community-2021.2/


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