ANN: ActivePython is now available

Sridhar Ratnakumar sridharr at
Fri Feb 5 06:01:27 CET 2010

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

This is a minor release with several updates and fixes.

Changes in

- PyPM is now included in 64-bit Windows and Linux builds
- Include Distribute instead of setuptools
- Include pip
- Upgrade to Tcl/Tk 8.5.8
- [Windows] Upgrade to Pywin32 CVS (2009-11-10)
- [Windows] Support for OpenSSL in 64-bit
- [Windows] Include Tcl/Tk header files 
- [Windows] Fix broken IDLE on the 64-bit build 

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 are made freely available. Builds
for Solaris, HP-UX and AIX, and access to older versions are
available with ActivePython Business Edition:

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. 

Beginning with the release, ActivePython includes a binary package
manager for Python (PyPM) that can be used to install packages much
easily. For example:

    pypm install pylons

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:

- Windows/x86
- Windows/x64 (aka "AMD64")
- Mac OS X
- Linux/x86
- Linux/x86_64 (aka "AMD64")
- Solaris/SPARC (Business Edition only)
- Solaris/x86 (Business Edition only)
- HP-UX/PA-RISC (Business Edition only)
- AIX/PowerPC (Business Edition only)
- AIX/PowerPC 64-bit (Business Edition only)

Custom builds are available in Enterprise Edition:

Thanks, and enjoy!

The Python Team

Sridhar Ratnakumar
sridharr at

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