8.1. Setting up PyCharm to Debug E-Commerce

With the correct run configurations set up, PyCharm Professional Edition is capable of starting and visually debugging an instance of E-Commerce on devstack.

Before following the steps below, you should already have PyCharm Professional Edition installed and set up PyCharm to remotely debug LMS following these instructions in the edX wiki.

  1. If the ‘ecommerce’ user on devstack currently has no password, SSH into the devstack box and set one.

    $ vagrant ssh
    $ sudo passwd ecommerce
  2. Tell PyCharm where to find the remote interpreter for E-Commerce.

    1. Open PyCharm, Preferences, Project: Devstack, and then Project Interpreter.

    2. Click the button to the right of the interpreter dropdown; select Add Remote and then SSH Credentials.

    3. Specify the following SSH configurations:

      • Host:

      • Port: 2222

      • User name: ecommerce

      • Auth type: Password


        If you are having issues authenticating using a password, you can also authenticate using an OpenSSH key pair. You should inform PyCharm where your private key is located (the default on a Mac is /Users/insert_your_user_name/.ssh/id_rsa), then append the contents of your public key (default location on a Mac is /Users/insert_your_user_name/.ssh/id_rsa.pub) to the file ~edxapp/.ssh/authorized_keys2 on devstack. If this file does not already exist on the VM, you will have to create it.

      • Password: the password you set for the ecommerce user

      • Python interpreter path: /edx/app/ecommerce/venvs/ecommerce/bin/python

      Configuration for E-Commerce remote Python interpreter.
      • PyCharm will automatically update the helpers file. Once your configuration looks like the above, click OK.
  3. Set up a debug configuration for E-Commerce:

    1. Go to Run, then Edit Configurations…. Click on LMS, then click the Copy Configuration button next to the - sign (or hit ⌘D).

    2. Name the new configuration descriptively; for example, eCommerce.

    3. Change the following configurations:

      • Change the script parameters to runserver

      • On the Python interpreter dropdown menu, select the remote configuration created for E-Commerce.


        Make sure you do not pick the LMS remote configuration.

      • Set the working directory to /edx/app/ecommerce/ecommerce.

      • Click the ellipsis next to Path Mappings; set the local path to /Users/insert_your_username/devstack/ecommerce// and the remote path to /edx/app/ecommerce/ecommerce.

      • Click OK to save the new E-Commerce configuration.

      Settings for E-Commerce debug configuration.
  4. You can now start and debug an instance of E-Commerce on port 8002 from PyCharm by choosing Run, Debug…, and then eCommerce. Make sure the LMS is also started in PyCharm so E-Commerce can talk to it.