ANN: ActivePython (with PyPM) is now available

Sridhar Ratnakumar sridharr at
Wed Oct 27 20:26:59 CEST 2010

ActiveState is pleased to announce ActivePython, a complete, 
ready-to-install binary distribution of Python 3.1. A major update in 
this release is that PyPM (ActiveState's Python Package Manager) is now 
included with full support for installing Python 3 packages.

What's New in ActivePython-

*Release date: 26-Oct-2010*

New Features & Upgrades

- PyPM (beta) for Python 3
- New tools: Distribute, virtualenv5, SQLAlchemy
- [Windows] Installer upgrade: automatically uninstall previous versions 
- Bug #87783
- [MacOSX] 64-bit support; uses Tcl/Tk 8.5
- [Linux] Include Tcl/Tk development files
- Security upgrade to openssl-0.9.8o

Noteworthy Changes & Bug Fixes

- [Windows] Include IDLE in the Start Menu shortcut, instead of PythonWin
- [Windows] Add file extension to Tools\scripts\ - Bug #87465
- [Windows] Add "python3.exe" - Bug #87275
- [Windows] Renamed "python31.exe" to "python3.1.exe" (Unix like)
- [MacOSX] Fix uninstall on Snow Leopard (10.6)
- [MacOSX] Fix Help index on Snow Leopard (10.6) - Bug #87290
- Bug #87600: create a `idleX.Y` script on unix

What is ActivePython?

ActivePython is ActiveState's binary distribution of Python. Builds for 
Windows, Mac OS X, Linux are made freely available. Solaris, HP-UX and 
AIX builds, and access to older versions are available in ActivePython 
Business, Enterprise and OEM editions:

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.

ActivePython 2.6, 2.7 and 3.1 also include a binary package manager for 
Python (PyPM) that can be used to install packages much easily. For example:

   C:\>pypm install mysql-python

   >>> import MySQLdb

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:

Supported Platforms

ActivePython is available for the following platforms:

- Windows/x86   (32-bit)
- Windows/x64   (64-bit) (aka "AMD64")
- Mac OS X      (32-bit and 64-bit; 10.5+)
- Linux/x86     (32-bit)
- Linux/x86_64  (64-bit) (aka "AMD64")

- Solaris/SPARC (32-bit and 64-bit) (Business, Enterprise or OEM edition 
- Solaris/x86   (32-bit)            (Business, Enterprise or OEM edition 
- HP-UX/PA-RISC (32-bit)            (Business, Enterprise or OEM edition 
- HP-UX/IA-64   (32-bit and 64-bit) (Enterprise or OEM edition only)
- AIX/PowerPC   (32-bit and 64-bit) (Business, Enterprise or OEM edition 

More information about the Business Edition can be found here:

Custom builds are available in the Enterprise Edition:

Thanks, and enjoy!

The Python Team

Sridhar Ratnakumar
sridharr at

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