ANN: ActivePython and are now available

Trent Mick trentm at
Wed Apr 9 23:48:31 CEST 2008

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

These are patch releases that update ActivePython to core Python 2.5.2
and 2.4.5.

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, ActivePython 2.5 only) database libraries, OpenSSL
bindings for HTTPS support, the Tix GUI widgets for Tkinter,
ElementTree for XML processing (ActivePython 2.5 only), ctypes (on
supported platforms, ActivePython 2.5 only) 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:

- ActivePython24.chm, 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 Windows.

Extra bits are available from:

Apologies for the delay. I was crazy-busy getting the Komodo 4.3 release
out. Check it out:

Thanks, and enjoy!

Trent, Python Tech Lead

Trent Mick
trentm at

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