ActivePython and released!

Trent Mick trentm at
Sat Dec 13 00:16:44 CET 2008

I'm happy to announce that ActivePython and ActivePython 
are now available.

Details and download links for 2.6 here:

Details and download links for 3.0 here:

All ActivePython downloads (e.g. for older releases) are available here:

ActivePython is the first release of ActivePython for Python 3. 
ActivePython is a patch release based on Python 2.6.1.

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. Note that currently PyWin32 is not included in ActivePython 
3.0. 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
- Linux/x86_64 ("x86_64" is also known as "AMD64")
- Solaris/SPARC
- Solaris/SPARC (64-bit)
- Solaris/x86
- AIX/PowerPC

Extra Bits

ActivePython releases also include the following:

- ActivePython26.chm & ActivePython30.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:

Thanks, and enjoy!

Trent, Python Tech Lead

Trent Mick
trentm at

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