ANN: ActivePython (and PyPM) is now available

Sridhar Ratnakumar sridharr at
Wed Oct 7 02:16:04 CEST 2009

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

This is a patch-level release that updates ActivePython to core Python
2.6.3 along with the fixes for a couple of critical regressions that
instigated the work on 2.6.4.  See the release notes for full details:

Introducing PyPM

This release includes a new packaging tool by activestate called Python
Package Manager (PyPM). PyPM - currently in beta - is the package
management utility for ActivePython. It simplifies the task of locating,
installing, upgrading and removing Python modules. For full details,

Here's a sample command line output::

     $ pypm install lxml
     Get: [] :repository-index:
     Ready to perform these actions:
     The following packages will be installed:
     Get: [] lxml 2.2.2-1
     Installing lxml-2.2.2
     $ python
     >>> import lxml.etree

     $ pypm remove lxml
     Ready to perform these actions:
     The following packages will be removed:
     Removing lxml-2.2.2

     $ pypm install pylons
     Ready to perform these actions:
     The following packages will be installed:
      pastescript-1.7.3 formencode-1.2.2 weberror-0.10.1 simplejson-2.0.9  
routes-1.11 nose-0.11.1 mako-0.2.5 past
     edeploy-1.3.3 pylons-0.9.7 tempita-0.4 webtest-1.2 beaker-1.4.2  
webhelpers-0.6.4 paste-1.7.2 pygments-1.1.1
     decorator-3.1.2 webob-
     Get: [] formencode 1.2.2-1
     Get: [] nose 0.11.1-1
     Get: [] decorator 3.1.2-1
     Get: [] webob
     Installing formencode-1.2.2
     Installing weberror-0.10.1
     Installing pygments-1.1.1
     Fixing script /home/sridharr/.local/bin/pygmentize
     Installing decorator-3.1.2

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
- Windows/x64 (aka "AMD64")
- Mac OS X
- Linux/x86
- Linux/x86_64 (aka "AMD64")
- Solaris/SPARC
- Solaris/x86
- AIX/PowerPC
- AIX/PowerPC 64-bit

Extra Bits

ActivePython releases also include the following:

- ActivePython26.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!

The Python Team

Sridhar Ratnakumar
sridharr at

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