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Announcing PyCharm Edu 2.0.2: CheckiO integration

Today we have great news for everyone passionate about learning and teaching programming with Python.

First, we’ve released PyCharm Edu 2.0.2, an updated version of our free, easy and professional tool for learning programming with Python. This release consolidates many bug fixes and small improvements in different subsystems. Download PyCharm Edu 2.0.2 for your platform today!

Second, and it’s going to be the top story of this blog post: we announce the CheckiO plugin for PyCharm Edu.


CheckiO is a programming learning platform and a gamified website that teaches problem solving with Python. Its aim is to offer a safe environment to learn writing better code, for beginners and advanced programmers alike. Organized in a game format, CheckIO is very appealing to novice programmers, especially kids, who don’t have any previous coding experience and need to be engaged in the game process.

With CheckiO, programmers can take on missions such as computing the median value, to understand how to use Python and apply programming theory to solve real world problems. Read more and sign up on the CheckiO official website.

The CheckiO plugin is the first plugin for PyCharm Edu. Detailed information is available on the official plugin website. By using this plugin, you can combine the easy learning curve of CheckiO with the power of a real-world professional tool for Python programming. Learning programming with PyCharm Edu prepares you to smoothly advance to other professional development tools such as PyCharm Professional Edition, IntelliJ IDEA, and others.

To get started:
1. Download PyCharm Edu 2.0.2 for your platform and install it.

2. Download CheckiO plugin for PyCharm Edu from the official JetBrains repository.

Note: The CheckiO plugin requires Oracle Java 8. Please make sure the appropriate Java 8 is installed on your platform. This plugin works only with PyCharm Edu 2.0.2.

3. In PyCharm Edu, go to Settings (Preferences for Mac OS users) | Plugins and click the “Install plugin from disk” button.

4. In the opening dialog choose the downloaded CheckIOPyCharmPlugin.zip file and click ok.

5. Click ‘Restart PyCharm Edu’ in the same Plugins dialog:


6. Go to File | New Project. Select the CheckiO project type, give it a name and select the Python interpreter for this project as shown on the screenshot, and then click “Create”:


7. PyCharm will open the CheckiO website and ask you to log in. After a successful login, the PyCharm Edu plugin will appear as authorized on the website.

8. Return to PyCharm to see something like this:


You can now perform CheckiO missions right inside PyCharm Edu and enjoy its assistance in solving various programming problems.

On the left-hand side you can see the Project View with a few stations (lessons) and missions (tasks) inside.

On the right-hand side there is a Task info window with the mission description and special buttons. You can submit your solution for checking, navigate to previous / next mission, reset your solution to the initial state, check hints for the mission, update the entire project, and view existing solutions from other CheckiO players:


Use the editor to complete a mission. Once you’re ready to check your solution, click the ‘Run and Check’ button as shown below:


After successfully finishing a mission you are congratulated with “Task solved!” in the Task info, and the mission is marked as completed in the project view:


Continue to the next mission by using navigational buttons or choosing another mission in the project view.

In the bottom right-hand corner you may notice the “User Info” pane. Click it to see your progress:


Enjoy playing with CheckiO and PyCharm Edu, solving real world problems and learning!

Develop with Pleasure!
JetBrains PyCharm Team

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15 Responses to Announcing PyCharm Edu 2.0.2: CheckiO integration

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    DanyC says:

    October 26, 2015

    you guys rock !! Great move/ vision/ initiative with CheckIO!

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    Allan Lewis says:

    October 29, 2015

    Can I use this plugin with regular PyCharm, or does it only work with PyCharm Edu?

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      Valentina Kiryushkina says:

      October 30, 2015

      Yes, it works with PyCharm since version 5. You should install CheckiO plugin from JetBrains Plugins Repository in PyCharm settings.
      is more detailed instruction.

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        Mxx says:

        November 4, 2015

        Installed the plugin, but it doesn’t open CheckIO website..

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          Ernest Murray says:

          November 5, 2015

          Same here.

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          Dmitry Filippov says:

          November 5, 2015

          There’s a bug filed against this problem: https://youtrack.jetbrains.com/issue/EDU-496

          Are you sure it doesn’t open the checkio website at all? For me it silently opened the webpage in the browser working in background.

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    jason says:

    November 5, 2015

    Installed the plugin correctly, along with Java, but when I go to create a new project – checkio project type isn’t there. Anyone else having this issue? Very excited about this, thanks!

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      Dmitry Filippov says:

      November 6, 2015

      Could you please open a ticket in https://youtrack.jetbrains.com/issues/EDU attaching a screenshot with the list of installed plugins? Our devs will pick it up soon.

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    JJ says:

    November 12, 2015

    Can I use the plugin with PyCharm Community Edition? Plugin installed correctly, Java is correct version. But when I go to activate the plugin, I get an error message: “Unable to apply changes: plugins “Education plugin core”, “CheckiO plugin for PyCharm Edu” won’t be able to load”. Happens across more than one machine.

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    Mikhail L says:

    December 2, 2015

    Hey Guys!

    Just wondering why the plugin stop working with PyCharm Edu.
    I’ve installed it according to instruction, solve first challenge to make sure that all works fine, but now it could not load information about challenges in ‘Elementary’, for example. For challenges in ‘Home’ it doesn’t show anything in the ‘Task Info’ window, this window appears like a grey box.

    Any ideas how I can fix that?


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      Dmitry Filippov says:

      December 2, 2015

      Could you please describe your problem in a new ticket here?:
      The ticket will be assigned to a particular developer and you’ll be able to track the progress.

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    hardiness says:

    January 22, 2016

    Everyone loves what you guys are up too. Such clever work and
    reporting! Keep up the amazing works guys I’ve included you guys to blogroll.

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    TanGeng says:

    February 7, 2016

    I’m enjoying the IDE work environment with CheckIO, but I’m not seeing the Task Info window at all to tell me what I need to do. I still end up keeping a window open.

    Is there a troubleshooting guide? To help me along?

    I’m on Mac PyCharm 5.0.4 with Edu Plugin and CheckIO. Installed the plugin through PyCharm’s built-in plugin installation instead of installing from disk. Is there an issue with that?

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      Valentina Kiryushkina says:

      February 10, 2016

      Unfortunately I couldn’t reproduce your problem on my Mac PyCharm 5.0.4. So if you provide me your log files, I’ll try to help you.
      Could you please describe your problem and attach idea.log file here?

      You can locate logs from PyCharm: Help->Show Log in Finder.

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