ANN: ActivePython is now available

Trent Mick trentm at
Fri May 4 18:21:52 CEST 2007

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

This is a patch release that updates ActivePython to core Python 2.5.1.
This release also fixes a couple problems with running pydoc from the
command line on Windows. 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, OpenSSL bindings for HTTPS support, 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

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:

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

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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