Installing PyCharm Professional for Free

This tutorial teaches how to get PyCharm Professional for free on Windows 10 using a university email address.


This tutorial teaches how to get PyCharm Professional for free on Windows 10 using a university email address. You can follow a similar process on Linux and macOS.


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Click the following image to be redirected to a YouTube video tutorial for installing PyCharm Professional.

Please ensure that you qualify. This includes you having a valid educational email or be part of an open-source project. Make sure to explore the license agreements for PyCharm as they may change.

  1. Open up a web browser and search pycharm. Look under the link from and click Download PyCharm.

  2. Click the blue button that reads Download under Professional. Wait for the download to complete.

  3. Open the completely downloaded file and click Yes on the UAC prompt.

    1. If you have a school computer, please refer to the note under step 5 of the Windows section in the Python tutorial found here:
  4. Click Next, click Next again, and check the box that reads Add launchers dir to the PATH. You can also create a Desktop Shortcut and create the .py association if you would like. The association changes which program, by default, opens .py files on your computer.

  5. Click Next and then click Install. Wait for the green progress bar to complete. Then, you must restart your computer after making sure all of your programs are saved and closed.

  6. Open PyCharm either by clicking on the Desktop shortcut you might have made or hit the Windows key and type PyCharm and choose the program from the search results.

  7. Check the box that says I confirm that I have read and accept the terms... after agreeing to the terms.

  8. Click Continue. You can choose to send anonymous statistics, if you want to; click the option you want.

  9. Click the hyperlink that says Buy license in the top right of the window. Do not worry — you will not be spending a cent.

  10. Click the person icon in the top right of the page (if you cannot find this person icon, then click this link and hopefully, it still works: ).

  11. Create a JetBrains account by entering your university email address. Click Sign Up after entering your email; then, you have to go on your email and confirm your account in the automated email sent to you. Click Confirm your account in the email.

  12. Complete the registration form and click Submit.

  13. Click Apply for a free student or teacher license. Scroll down and click the blue button that reads Apply now.

  14. Fill out the form using your (educational) email address and real name. Check the boxes if they apply to you. Then click APPLY FOR FREE PRODUCTS.

  15. JetBrains should send you an automated email, ideally informing you that your information has been confirmed and you have been granted a free license. If it does not arrive immediately, wait a few minutes. Go back to PyCharm and sign in with your JetBrains account after receiving this email. Click Activate. Now you can use PyCharm.

Last modified August 15, 2021 : Update (1056a808)