I'm wondering whether anyone succeeded at setting up ArcMap to debug python scripts in PyCharm. I've tried several times to configure both, but failed.

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    This question is not about importing arcpy in PyCharm but debugging scripts as they are running in ArcMap.exe. This question is not a duplicate. Oct 4, 2013 at 16:05
  • In the ArcMap Geoprocessing Options, have you set the Debugger texbox to the full path of Pycharm.exe?
    – klewis
    Oct 4, 2013 at 17:37
  • I'm able to debug a python script, in PyCharm, that was run from an ArcMap toolbox script. From Catalog or ArcMap, right-click the script, select debug. After PyCharm opens, select debug to start a debug session.
    – klewis
    Oct 4, 2013 at 18:34
  • I do this for IDLE and nothing happens. I have to leave it blank and use note pad :(
    – NULL.Dude
    Oct 6, 2017 at 20:13

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Try setting up remote debugging. I know the Wing IDE equivalent works in ArcMap, I assume if you set it up right PyCharm would as well.


Under Geoprocessing Options enter the path to your Pycharm program in the editor and debugger input boxes.

e.g. C:\Program Files (x86)\JetBrains\PyCharm Community Edition 2016.3\bin\pycharm.exe

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