ANN: ActivePython is now available

Trent Mick trentm at
Tue Mar 13 20:56:20 CET 2007

I'm happy to announce that ActivePython is now available for download

This is the first release of ActivePython for Python version 2.5. Apologies
for the long delay between core Python 2.5 and this release. The good news is
that part of the reason for this delay was to finally get approval to include
crypto in ActivePython, hence:

Changes in this release include:
- Full OpenSSL support (finally!)
- Update to Python 2.5 (duh)
- [Mac OS X] Universal build (finally!)
- [Windows] Update to PyWin32 build 210
- All the new standard extensions: SQLite, ctypes, ElementTree
- [Linux] Rationalized the build names.
- [Mac OS X] A sane uninstall script

See the release notes for full details:

What is ActivePython?

ActivePython is ActiveState's binary distribution of Python. Builds for
Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, HP-UX and AIX are made freely available.

ActivePython includes the Python core and the many core extensions: zlib and
bzip2 for data compression, the Berkeley DB (bsddb) and SQLite (sqlite3)
database libraries, the Tix GUI widgets for Tkinter, ElementTree for XML
processing, ctypes (on supported platforms) for low-level library access, and
others. The Windows distribution ships with PyWin32 -- a suite of Windows
tools developed by Mark Hammond, including bindings to the Win32 API and
Windows COM. See this page for full details:

As well, ActivePython ships with a wealth of documentation for both new and
experienced Python programmers. In addition to the core Python docs,
ActivePython includes the "What's New in Python" series, "Dive into Python",
the Python FAQs & HOWTOs, and the Python Enhancement Proposals (PEPs).

An online version of the docs can be found here:

We would welcome any and all feedback to:
     ActivePython-feedback at

Please file bugs against ActivePython at:

On what platforms does ActivePython run?

ActivePython includes installers for the following platforms:

- AIX/PowerPC
- Linux/x86
- Linux/x86_64: "x86_64" is also known as "AMD64"
- Solaris/SPARC
- Solaris/x86
- Mac OS X
- Windows/x64: "x64" is also known as "AMD64"
- Windows/x86

Extra Bits

ActivePython releases also include the following:

- ActivePython25.chm: An MS compiled help collection of the full
   ActivePython documentation set. Linux users of applications such as
   xCHM might find this useful. This package is installed by default on

Extra bits are available from:

Thanks, and enjoy!

Trent, Python Tech Lead

Trent Mick
trentm at

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