How to Install SciPy on PyCharm?

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SciPy is an open-source Python library for math, science, and engineering. It includes the wildly popular NumPy and Matplotlib libraries.

Problem Formulation: Given a PyCharm project. How to install the SciPy library in your project within a virtual environment or globally?

Here’s a solution that always works:

  • Open File > Settings > Project from the PyCharm menu.
  • Select your current project.
  • Click the Python Interpreter tab within your project tab.
  • Click the small + symbol to add a new library to the project.
  • Now type in the library to be installed, in your example "scipy" without quotes, and click Install Package.
  • Wait for the installation to terminate and close all popup windows.

Here’s the installation process as a short animated video—it works analogously for SciPy, just type in “scipy” in the search field instead:

Make sure to select only “scipy” because there are many other packages that are not required but also contain the term “scipy” (False positives):

SciPy installation PyCharm

Alternatively, you can run the pip install scipy command in your PyCharm “Terminal” view:

$ pip install scipy
"pip install scipy" in PyCharm Terminal

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