How to run Python programs in Pycharm

To run a program in PyCharm, click the "Terminal" option at the bottom of the screen. To run any program, all you have to do is type the following command into the Terminal and hit "Enter":

  • Mac Users: python3
  • PC Users: py

The terminal (also known as a console) will then print output and accept user text input, depending on how you write your program.

Console Output

To print out something to the console:

print("This is a message")

Note that print( ... ) must have a string within the parentheses (remember, string can be thought of as a data type that stores text). To print out a message to the console that involves a variable that is an integer or float, you will need to cast the variable to a string using the function str(...):

message = "This is a string"
print(message)                        # message is already a string variable
x = 5                                 # an int
print("The variable x is " + str(x))
pi = 3.14                             # a float
print("Pi is approximately " + str(pi))

Running the above code gives the below output:

This is a string
The variable x is 5
Pi is approximately 3.14

Console Input

To get user input from the console, we use the input(..) function to store user input into a variable. In order to store user input into variables of different types (integers, floats, etc.), you need to cast the input before storing into your variable.

what_you_said = input("How are you doing? ")
print("You said: " + what_you_said)

radius = int(input("Enter an integer: "))
diameter = 2 * radius
print("diameter = " + str(diameter))
pi = float(input("Enter your best guess at pi: "))
circumference = pi*diameter
print("circumference = " + str(circumference))

Running the above code gives the below output (User input in blue):

Example output for console input. User inputs "Fine, thank you", then "4", then "3.1415926535323846" and the program computes the circumference of a circle with radius 4 and your estimate of pi.


To generate random numbers, type import random at the top of your program, outside of any functions:

import random

def main():

You can then generate lots of random numbers as below. Let lower = 0 and upper = 10:

x = random.randint(lower, upper)  # a random int in the range (lower, upper), inclusive
y = random.random()               # a random decimal number between 0 and 1
y = random.uniform(lower, upper)  # a random decimal number between lower and upper

You can also randomly choose an element from a list!

numbers = [10, 9, 20, 3, 4]
number = random.choice(numbers)   # picks a random element from numbers

To randomly pick a color, if you have a canvas variable: