Pycharm updating skeletons every startup


Every time I open pycharm, it spends at least ~5 minutes to update skeletons. It should not be doing this because I am not changing my project interpreter at all, and it's just counter productive. Any advice on how to fix this? 


Hi Jbl4! Could you please create a ticket in our bug tracker and attach idea.log from Help | Show Log in ...


Has someone figured a solution for this issue? I am facing this as well.


Same here. Not every time, but maybe every other time. Makes my Macbook pro running Sierra 10.12.6 sound like its about to take off.


Is there no way to disable it? Even worse in the last week, Python crashes during the skeleton update. Have tried reinstalling Pycharm (versions 2018.2, 2018.1, 2017.3) as both user profile installs and local machine installs.


this thing is driving me crazy


+1 the time and resource load is particularly painful with multiple remote docker interpreters. I am probably missing something on why it runs so frequently, but if it is "just in case", it be great to be able to choose a manual option to launch the reloading. 


Hi Dan,

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this issue had been reported back in 2011 according to Google search.

i had switched from python 3.5 to 3.6

the indexing must of been going on for a month or so nostop. 

i see there is power save mode now option. but why this indexing takes so long? 


Hi Stanislav,

The amount of time depends on the CPU, the size of the project and correctness of the configuration. Could you please report it to and attach idea.log (Help | Show Log in...) after reproducing the problem?

Would be great if you captured a CPU snapshot during that indexing following the article and attached it as well.


Sergey, please take my report seriously. I owe the pro version of pycharm, updated to the latest version 2018.3. The log is not going to help you. i will describe my setup below and you can easily replicate it on your lab. I am curious how long things take on your end. 

i have exremely small project i am working on - 20 python files or so. 

the cpu consumption of pycharm is atrocious.  its such  such that workstation is borderline useless  for many days (not hours!) unless i kill pycharm. 

my python install includes full anaconda, python 3.6, spacy, pytorch and tensorflow, scikit-learn. i have fast SSD and 16GB of RAM, 4 cpu laptop. 

i am seriously contemplating switching to Continuum's Analytics spyder. its not as nice as pycharm but it does not have the excessive cpu consumption problem.  

i am not sure what your are indexing for so long. if anything take a cue from Apple whose spotlight app is indexing stuff too 24x7  but it does not consume all 4 cpus and entire memory.  at least i can disable apple indexing or pause it. make your threads ultra-low priority and allocate yourself less than 1% of cpu time if you have to index or let users control priority. 

final suggestion. for the standard packages - numpy, pandas, tensorflow, pytorch, or even entire anaconda - feel free to index on your servers on AWS and just publish index files



Stanislav, this is due to pycharm indexing large binary and/or auxilliary files in the project folder. You have to manually exclude directories with these data to only index python scripts. File->Settings->Project->Project Structure, right click->Exclude to exclude some folder.


correct, i had found this one as well. my project code downloaded some large dataset into project folder.

is there a way to make indexing go only after python files by default? 


Hi Stanislav, if datasets are stored in a separate folder one can exclude it by right-click on the folder in the project tree | Mark Directory as ... | Excluded.


i am also see the issue ,i am disagree the action


Hi Moreyouthgavin,

Which action are you disagree with?

Have you tried excluding directories which do not contain your source code?


Sergey Karpov, Pavel Karateev and Co,

again, the folders can't be excluded because pycharm just hangs on startup. please fix this indexing so only python files (.py) are indexed by default. There is no reason for pycharm to index csv files, json files, html files,pdf files and other non-python stuff.if user wants to index non-python files he should configure it explicitly. 

 have to use emacs most of the time. i am contemplating not renewing pycharm professional  license as it gets borderline useless due to this issue. 

am I not making myself clear this is a major bug in usability of the tool. its not a functional bug, its major usability issue. 




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