just today after an upgrade to ubuntu 15.10 I seem to be unable to use the pycharm 4.5.4 (from getdeb).

typing away launches the autocompletion suggestion pop-up and then pycharm just freezes, even blocking/ignoring window close events on its window.

xkill does the trick.

...searching for an answer, found something similar

  • pycharm about shows java version openjdk 1.8... – qbit Oct 28 '15 at 14:46

found solution

enforcing other java version does the trick.

  • just as mentioned in above question's link, set environment variable in


  • by appending the line

    export PYCHARM_JDK='/usr/lib/jvm/java-7-openjdk-amd64'

  • and make sure you also have the openjdk java 7 installed.

  • logout of unity, log in again
  • starting pycharm should show an about message referring to openjre 1.7.* as java version

the other answers failed for me, so this is how i did it:

downgrade jdk 1.8 to 1.7 - by removing openjdk, pycharm is removed as well. then i reinstalled openjdk-7, followed by pycharm. now i can autocomlete without stuff freezing upon showing autocompletion window.

$ sudo apt-get purge openjdk-*

$ sudo apt-get install openjdk-7-jre

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mystic-mirage/pycharm

$ sudo apt-get install pycharm-community

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