[Python-Dev] VC++ versions to match python versions?

Michael Foord fuzzyman at voidspace.org.uk
Mon Aug 17 16:31:49 CEST 2009

Chris Withers wrote:
> Hi All,
> Is the Express Edition of Visual C++ 2008 suitable for compiling 
> packages for Python 2.6 on Windows?
> (And Python 2.6 itself for that matter...)
I would think so - all you really need is the compiler (which the 
express version definitely includes). You may need to manually add some 
directories to the path.

I haven't actually tried it, but then nor have you from the sound of it.

> Ditto for 2.5, 3.1 and the trunk (which I guess becomes 3.2?)

Python 3.1 / 3.2 are built with VS 2008. 2.5 is built with 2003 which is 
difficult to download unless you have an MSDN subscription. VS 2008 
can't (reliably) be used to build extensions for 2005 I believe.

I'm sure someone will correct me if this information is incorrect.


> cheers,
> Chris


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