I have seen the below question, and searched around the internet for a tutorial for instructions on getting Pycharm CE to recognise the QGIS package. I have found which interpreter that QGIS is using, and I can import QGIS in terminal, but Pycharm doesn't recognise it.

Adding QGIS-specific Python interpreter to PyCharm on Windows?

Are there any tutorials or specific instructions to get Pycharm and QGIS working together on MacOS?


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EDIT: For newer versions of QGIS (e.g. 3.12+) see "EDIT" below.

I have utilised the above link that @Fran supplied to add in the appropraite paths to my interpreter without cloning the repository. I have added the following paths to my interpreter:


Needed for processing framework imports


It was a bit weird trying to find where to add the paths in PyCharm

Preferences >> Project Interpreter >> Click the down arrow to choose interpreter >> Show All> Select the appropriate interpreter>> then click on the folder (Show paths for the selected interpreter >> Add the paths >> apply.

EDIT: For newer versions of QGIS (e.g. 3.12+) the path to the interpreter (change to 'QGIS-LTR.app' if you are using the long term release) is as so: /Applications/QGIS.app/Contents/MacOS/bin/python3.8
When adding the new new interpreter, check 'Inherit...' to make sure the QGIS relevant packages are included.

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    /Applications/QGIS.app/Contents/Resources/python doesn't seem to contain a python interpreter in QGIS3.12, am I missing something?
    – Lucien S.
    Aug 13, 2020 at 16:01
  • @LucienS. see my edit for the location of the python interpreter since the MacOS packager has been updated.
    – thayer
    Mar 18, 2022 at 19:28

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