Python Exemplary
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  • On the host system (Windows/Mac/Linux) download and install latest versions of
    - PuTTY from
    - Python 2.7 from (not used for remote development)
    - PyCharm Professional version from (request student or academic discount)
    (the Community and Edu version do not support remote interpreters)

  • Establish a TCP/IP link between the host system and the Raspberry Pi and start a SSH terminal session with PuTTY

  • At the Raspberry Pi, create a new folder for your Python programs, e.g. /home/pi/scripts
  • Start PyCharm and at bottom-right click Configure | Settings
  • Select Project Interpreter and click the wheel. Select Add Remote
  • Select SSH Credentials and fill out the form. Username is pi and password raspberry
  • Confirm that you want do continue. Click OK to accept the configuration. The PyCharm helper files (skeletons, modules, etc.) will be downloaded to the Raspberry Pi.
  • Click Create New Project and select Pure Python. Enter a location where to store the files on the development system, e.g. d:\mycharm (Windows)
  • Select File | New | Python File and enter a file name, e.g. Ex1. Edit any short Python script, e.g. "print "Hello Raspberry Pi"
  • Click File | Settings | Deployment and Add a server with SFTP protocol
  • In the Connection dialog, fill out the SFTP host, Root path (/home/pi), User name (pi) and Password fields (raspberry
  • In the Mappings dialog, enter /scripts as Deployment path

  • Right click at and select Upload to apluraspi. You should get a confirmation message for the file transfer
  • Right click at and select Run 'Ex1'. You should get the captured output to stdout in bottom area of the PyCharm window


  • As you see the script is remotely run by the command /usr/bin/python -u /home/pi/scripts / For most Raspberry Pi programs the script must be executed with sudo permission. To achieve this, create a Linux script pyrun (or any other name) in /usr/bin/ (with execute permission) as shown to the right. (The -Qnew option requests floating point division. The file is provided in the RaspiBrick firmware distribution.)

    #! /bin/sh
    sudo python2.7 -Qnew $*

  • Under File | Settings | Project Interpreter click the wheel and select Add Remote.At the line Python interpreter path, click the right [...] button. A dialog opens where you can select the pyrun script.


  • To check whether you are successful, right click at and select Run 'Ex1'. You should see that now the script is indeed executed by pyrun.